Shakedown

SHAKEDOWN chronicles explicit performances in an underground Black lesbian club in Los Angeles.
May 2019
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Shakedown

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Director: Leilah Weinraub

Presented by: Baltimore Women's Media Alliance

 

2018, United States, 72 minutes, Digital

Language: English

Distributor: The Film Collaborative

Please join us for a conversation with director Leilah Weinraub after the Baltimore Women’s Media Alliance presents SHAKEDOWN.

Program Notes

SHAKEDOWN is the story of Los Angeles’ black lesbian strip club scene and its genesis. Owned and operated by women, underground and illegal in nature, the club Shakedown is the darker, faster, younger iteration of this dance culture. The film is a window into this world. Shakedown emerged from a post-RIOTS, post-OJ, post-integration but still very racially divided Los Angeles. In this divided city Shakedown is an independent, all black and all female cash economy.


SHAKEDOWN chronicles the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organizers including Ronnie-Ron, Shakedown Productions’ creator and emcee; Mahogany, the legendary “mother” of the community; Egypt, their star performer; and Jazmine, the “Queen” of Shak

Critics' Praise

“Weinraub is deeply interested in the work that manifests high-power performance, and “Shakedown” is constantly interrogating what links labor and the individual.” – Cassie da Costa, The New Yorker


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