March 30, 9:00 PM – March 31, 12:00 AM

Brattle Theatre


Directed by Leilah Weinraub 1h 22m USA English

‘Shakedown’ was a series of parties founded by and for African American women in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancing and strip shows for the city’s lesbian underground scene. Inspired by transwoman Mahogany who, as the mother of the scene, presided over queer strip shows and balls for non-heterosexual audiences in the 1980s, butch Ronnie Ron created, produced and presented the new shows. In them, the largely female clientele from the ‘hood’ slipped dollar notes into lap dancers’ panties while celebrating lesbian sexuality to pulsating hip-hop beats.

This event is proud to be co-presented by: The LOCS Collective , Roxbury International Film Festival