We’re outside the club, on a non-descript Los Angeles street at night. The bass of the music inside slowly spills out as the guard checks I.D.s and credentials. Inside, the girls are getting ready, cracking jokes. The scene in the club is very intimate and sensual. The camera tightly pans across to Ronnie Ron doing what she does best; making the audience feel at ease. She’s warming them up and us, the viewers. “Can y’all show some love? Y’all still tipping? If you are.. lemme know!” We then jump to a scene of Egypt in the center of the dance floor. She’s fine, she’s frightening, she is in charge. Patrons shower her in dollars. They love her.
This is SHAKEDOWN, a story that unfolds like a legend.
Preceded by: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARSHA! (d. Reina Gosset & Sasha Wortzel. USA. 2017)
Happy Birthday, Marsha! is a film about iconic transgender artist and activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.
Presented as part of the Contrast Film Festival, highlighting boundary-pushing, genre-defying, and forward-thinking art with an emphasis on female & queer creators. More information about the festival HERE