Leilah Weinraub USA / 2018 / 75 minutes
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Leilah Weinraub, Roger Ross Williams
It is rare that we get to see stories about queer people of color. Shakedown focuses on a world most people never normally get to see: a black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles during the early 2000s that helped to define club and gay culture today. The story is told in a bold, iconic style — using images from promotional flyers and hyperactive soundscapes mixed with captivating footage of the dancers in action. What kept me most glued to the screen was the intensely personal interviews that allow us to peek into the lives of these women —
and share some truly intimate moments with them. The creative approach used to tell this story is perfectly executed, and the film does not hold back from highlighting social injustice and discrimination against marginalized groups of society. —Roger Ross Williams
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. She is the CEO and Creative Director of Hood By Air, the New York-based fashion collective known for luxury ready-to-wear. Weinraub helped to radicalize fashion by championing what she calls “modern people,” the rising class of consumers who subvert traditional markers of race, class and gender, and revel in freedom, lawlessness and spectacle. 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.
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