‘Rich with personalities, politically astute, and as nasty as it wants to be, Shakedown is a queer cultural intervention on par with Paris is Burning’ – Cinema Scope
Leilah Weinraub’s Shakedown stands as a radical testament to the politics and the personalities of the Los Angeles POC Lesbian strip night ‘Shakedown’.
The director, as a community member herself, opens the door for us to marinate in the spectacle of Shakedown’s early noughties heyday through to its chaotic closure at the hands of the LAPD. The film (supported by a mesmerising score from Tim Dewit) basks in the mysterious allure of community mythology and escapism. Likened most often to the seminal Paris is Burning (1990), this resourceful documentary was produced from over 300 hours of personal footage, posters and intimate interviews. Shakedown is already being considered a generous gift to queer film enthusiasts.