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Valerie Soe

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Valerie Soe is a writer and experimental videomaker living and working in San Francisco whose productions include Mixed Blood, Picturing Oriental Girls A (Re) Educational Videotape, (Best Bay Area Short, Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival) and "All Orientals Look the Same," (Best Foreign Video, Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani; First Place, Experimental Category, Visions of U.S. Festival). Other awards include a James D. Phelan Art Award in Video, a 1994 Cultural Equity Grant from the San Francisco Art Commission, a 1994 Art Matters Fellowship, and a 1992 Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship. Her most recent video, Beyond Asiaphilia, is an experimental video that looks at miscegenation, lust and Asian masculinity from a personal perspective, as filtered through the lens of Hong Kong movies. It premiered in May 1997 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Soe also writes art criticism and has been published in Afterimage, High Performance, Cinematograph and The Independent, among others. She has curated several exhibitions including Girl To Woman Stories For The New Feminism at the University of California, Irvine's Fine Arts Gallery, Teen Scream Girls Make Movies at the 1998 Madcat Women's Film Festival and Teen Riot at Artists' Television Access and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as several programs on experimental Asian American film and video. She is also on the Board of Directors for Film Arts Foundation and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers and is a founding member of X-Factor, an experimental film and videomaker coalition. She is currently on faculty at San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Department.