Leilah Weinraub | USA 2018, 72 minutes | 7:00pm, Friday 8 March
New Farm Cinemas
This screening of Shakedown is presented as a partnership between Queensland Film Festival,
the Brisbane Queer Film Festival and the Institute of Modern Art.
Tickets can be purchased by through the Brisbane Queer Film Festival page here.
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. Emerging from a post-RIOTS, post-OJ, racial divisions of Los Angeles, Shakedown produced an independent, all black and all female cash economy.
Leilah Weinraub’s fierce work documents 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 scene; Egypt, their star performer; and Jazmyne, the “Queen” of Shakedown. Stars as much as subjects.
Distribution: The Film Collaborative
This movies contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature.