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Hillary Goldberg (San Francisco) collaborating with RADAR Productions (San Francisco)

Award: $40,000 Media Arts Grant awarded 2012

Premiere: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, June 21, 2013, Castro Theater

Filmmaker Hilary Goldberg is collaborating with other filmmakers and RADAR Productions to create an experimental, cinematic adaptation of Michelle Tea’s award-winning novel, Valencia, published in 2000. Like Tea’s novel, Valencia: The Movie tells the coming-of-age story of “Michelle,” a young lesbian who comes to San Francisco in the  ’90s and is swept away by the radical Dyke culture that emerged in the Mission District at the time. Working under Goldberg’s direction, 17 different LGBT media artists each adapted a chapter from the novel into a short film, employing her/his own cast and cinematographic style. Goldberg also has filmed a chapter. Other contributors are visual artist Amanda Verwey and musician Rocco Kayiatos.

Hilary Goldberg has created a feature documentary, short films, music videos, and the experimental documentary recLAmation (2010), which featured animation and her live narration. Her work has been presented by many international LGBT film festivals. Valencia’s author Michelle Tea, founder of RADAR Productions, advised on the film. Over the past nine years, RADAR Productions has presented more than 400 literary and multi-disciplinary events.