Series: QDoc

This is part of QDoc 2018

Created from over 400 hours of footage Director Leilah Weinraub has been collecting for the past 15 years, SHAKEDOWN explores the history and culture of the Los Angeles underground black-lesbian strip club scene from which the film gets its name.

Chronicling the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organizers, SHAKEDOWN provides an intimate look into the world of Ronnie-Ron, Shakedown Productions’ creator and emcee; Mahogany, the legendary “mother” of the community; Egypt, their star performer; and Jazmine, the “Queen” of Shakedown.

As one of only a few spaces for lesbian subculture, the backstage interviews reveal that Shakedown was more than just a strip club, it was a space that galvanized a community of freaks and queers of color. Using exclusive archive material, posters and fliers, the film takes a personal look at female desire that is rarely presented on the big screen.

Director Leilah Weinraub in attendance.

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Leilah Weinraub
82 mins.
Wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening