“Shakedown” was a series of underground parties created by and for Black women in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancing and strip shows for the Black lesbian community. Inspired by trans woman Mahogany, the mother of the ball scene in 1980s LA, and run by charismatic butch Ronnie Ron, these parties were a rare place for lesbians and communities of colour to gather, celebrate and experiment. The Shakedown Angels are represented in all their gender bending, high femme, studly, and acrobatic glory by director Leila Weinraub.
Weinraub captures a moment in time, using archival footage and interviews from 400 hours of footage captured over years as a Shakedown family member. This film is a look at female desire and performance rarely seen in cinema.
This film is unrated.