SHAKEDOWN (2018) – Film Premiere
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BERLIN FILM SOCIETY presents
A film by Leilah Weinraub
USA, 2018, 82 minutes, OV (English)
SHAKEDOWN (2018) is a dreamlike depiction of Los Angeles’s urban lesbian strip club scene in the early 2000s and the culture that surrounded it. ‘Shakedown’ was a series of parties founded by and for African American women in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancing and strip shows for the city’s lesbian underground scene.
Showing the protagonists backstage and in interviews, this intimate chronicle reveals that ‘Shakedown’ was more than just a strip club; as one of the few spaces for lesbian subculture, the club brought together and galvanised a community of freaks and queers of colour.
Created from over 400 hours of footage that the director has been collecting for the past 15 years, the film incorporates live tapes from the club, backstage videos, archival material, flyers, and interviews. 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 Shakedown.
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