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3.8
17 Ratings

Shakedown

Directed by Leilah Weinraub
United States, 2018
Documentary, LGBT+

Synopsis

Chronicles explicit performances in an underground lesbian club in Los Angeles. Filmed from 2002 – 2015 the story functions as a legend where money is both myth and material. Cumulatively, questions arise about how to diagram the before and after of a utopic moment.

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Shakedown Directed by Leilah Weinraub
Following the eight-year run of its titular, L.A.-based, black lesbian strip-night and underground party series, Shakedown foregoes a tired, conventional documentary structure in favor of a more textural morphology that draws viewers into its world in a way that is at once hypnagogic and lushly formed.
October 11, 2018
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Through the grainy, steadfast lens of Weinraub’s camera and a deft, dizzy score by Tim DeWit, we find ourselves at the provocative intersection of community, eroticism and work. These sometimes uneasy bedfellows find their visual manifestation in the film’s most dazzling aesthetic coup: the repurposing of pixelated DIY club flyers as dazzling cinematic spectacles – proud, arousing and ephemeral all at once.
July 03, 2018
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As a Black woman trying to take stock of my race and sexuality and how these intersect, I can tell you that there’s a lack of narratives that give queer people and Black people (and especially people who are both) authority and autonomy, which is something that Shakedown does effortlessly. The film invites us into the type of space that the forces of evil in the world seem to intent on eradicating.
June 28, 2018
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