Shakedown is the story of Los Angeles’ black lesbian strip club scene and its genesis. The underground and illegal club, Shakedown, emerged from post-riots, post-OJ trial racial divisions in early 2000’s LA. Owned and operated by women, the parties produced an independent, all-black and all-female cash economy.
Featuring interviews with and performances by Shakedown’s stars, this documentary chronicles the club’s legacy as a space for queer women of colour and shows a look at female desire rarely presented on the big screen.
Please note: This film contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature. This screening is 18+.
Film courtesy of The Film Collaborative.
Born in Los Angeles 1979 Leilah Weinraub currently lives in New York. She is an artist and director and also CEO of the Hood By Air fashion label. Her work focuses on the themes of race, class and gender with a particular interest in queer communities and people of colour. A short version of Shakedown was presented at the 2017 Whitney Biennial.