United States 2018, 82 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
Far away from the mainstream, deep in the lesbian underground scene of Los Angeles, the Angels of Shakedown were the queens of the night—Black, beautiful, provocative strippers who danced for a crowd of enraptured women in a show of nudity, power and money.
Director Leilah Weinraub spent over a decade with them, and her cinematic journal offers much more than a historical documentation of the club. She moves carefully between voyeurism and an exploration of this unusual community’s power. Transgender matriarch Mahogany, club owner Ronnie-Ron, and numerous angels, including Egypt, Jazmyne, Slim and Goodie, all get playful, intimate screen time. They reveal memories, deeply personal stories and surprising insights on femininity and the ability to show passion, far away from the male gaze.
Previous Festivals:True / False, Berlinale
Production: Pilar Wiley, Michael Hekmat, Drake Burnette, Riel Roch-decter
Editing: Matt Hollis
Music: Tim Dewit
Leilah Weinraub is an artist and director living in New York. A short version of her ﬁlm SHAKEDOWN was recently included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. As a ﬁlmmaker, Weinraub has helped document such unacknowledged tastemakers, particularly those belonging to queer, autonomous communities of color whose creative output is often plundered by mass culture but whose stories are rarely told on their own terms.