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“Shakedown” Explores The World Of LA Lesbian Exotic Dancers

The 2018 documentary "Shakedown" examines the world of lesbian women of color working as strippers/exotic dancers in underground LA club. It screens at SIFF May 18 & 19, 2018.

The 2018 documentary “Shakedown” examines the world of lesbian women of color working as strippers/exotic dancers in underground LA club. It screens at SIFF May 18 & 19, 2018.








-Shakedown website

15 years in the making, filmmaker Leilah Weinraub’s debut documentary Shakedown is one of the first LGBTQ films to screen at the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival which kicks off Thursday with the gala opening film then kicks into high gear on Friday, May 18th. The film details the lives of five black lesbian exotic dancers (Egypt, Jazmyne, Junior, Mahogany, and Ronnie-Ron) at an underground club (named the Shakedown) in Los Angeles and their loyal fans and the community they have created over the years. 
Ms Weinraub is scheduled to be in attendance for both screenings of the film, which debuts Friday, May 18th at the Uptown and replays on Saturday May 19th at Pacific Place/DT Seattle. 
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Under neon lights, the exotic dancers at the Los Angeles lesbian strip club Shakedown are uninhibited temptresses, and attendees their devoted worshippers. More than 15 years of footage brings underground liberated sexuality to the surface, representing queer culture and the tight-knit communities formed under its umbrella.


FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

SIFF Cinema Uptown 

9:00 PMWriter/Director Leilah Weinraub scheduled to attend

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

AMC Pacific Place 

11:00 AMWriter/Director Leilah Weinraub scheduled to attend

An homage to a city universally recognized for chasing fantasies, Leilah Weinraub’s debut Shakedown explores the underground realm of black lesbian exotic dancers in Los Angeles. Shedding light on mainstream taboo, dancers are portrayed as hypnotic seductresses, and liberated female sexuality as fluid, intense, and most notably, natural. Weinraub frequented club Shakedown for over 15 years, accumulating over 300 hours of video footage and countless images of its inhabitants. Among the lot, four women are the focal point of the film: founder Ronnie Ron, empowered and versatile Egypt, conventional performance reject Mahogany, and Jazmyn, known “Queen” of Shakedown. Decades of condensed footage reveal a community entirely its own, and the pure intentions of a filmmaker not attempting to fit into a clear-cut genre or exploit for shock value. Rather, Weinraub shares a story to expand a repressed definition of sexuality and to promote the acceptance of the many layers of identity. Among its effort to centralize queer culture from the outskirts of mainstream society, the film also features a powerful message of money as both a harsh reality and an arbitrary illusion.

Director Biography 
Leilah Weinraub studied graduate film at Bard College and was mentored by director Tony Kaye (American History X). She is an artist, filmmaker, and the CEO of the Hood By Air fashion label. Shakedown premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, and a shorter version of it was shown at the Whitney Museum in New York.

  • Director:Leilah Weinraub

  • Principal Cast:Egypt, Jazmyne, Junior, Mahogany, Ronnie-Ron

  • Premiere Status:Seattle

  • Country:USA

  • Year:2018

  • Running Time:82 minutes

  • Producer:Riel Roch Decter, Sebastian Pardo, Leilah Weinraub

  • Screenplay:Leilah Weinraub

  • Cinematographers:Leilah Weinraub

  • Editors:Matt Hollis

  • Music:Tim Dewit

  • Website:Official Film Website

  • Filmography:Debut Feature Film

  • Language:English

  • Format:DCP

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