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SHAKEDOWN is the story of a black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles. The film is anchored in the stories of three women. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on February 7, 2011.

SHAKEDOWN is the story of a black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles. The film is anchored in the stories of three women.

About this project

OUR NEED:
We are in need of funds in order to get us through post-production as well as promotion and distribution. We are looking to raise a fair bit of money. We’ve established a goal of $25,000 for our Kickstarter campaign, but if we go over this amount (which we hope will happen), rest assured there are plenty of places to spend it. We hope you decide to help us complete a film that will be a different and inspiring story to so many.

THE GIFTS:
NEW BONUS AND NEW GIFT ADDED!
EVERY DONATION OVER $25 GETS A DVD OF THE COMPLETED FILM SHAKEDOWN


THE STORY:
The films structure employs the cycle of money exchanged and passed through the world as a metaphor for energy; from costume maker to security guard to patrons to the dancer's children. SHAKEDOWN emphasizes the symbiotic nature of how things work in a system.

The film is anchored in the stories of three women: Ronnie Ron, the creator and emcee of Shakedown, a large butch/stud lesbian and former Jehovah's Witness; Egypt, a single mother, beauty pageant fanatic, and dedicated self - (re)inventor; and Jazmyne, the complicated and sometimes conflicted "Queen" of Shakedown. We go through the process of their labor with them and record what they do, and how they feel about what they are doing.

From a meta-perspective, queer cultural production remains at the fringes of society today. It is largely undocumented, and therefore communities and art forms continuously disappear as stories are forgotten. SHAKEDOWN, is an entirely self-funded project. We need your help to complete the edit of the film, master the sound and score, color correct the images, fly to LA to shoot our final interviews with the dancers and have an amazing premiere in cities across America.

THE SOUNDTRACK:
SHAKEDOWN's score composed by Tim Dewit of the band GANG GANG DANCE. This score, an artistic achievement in its own right, is critical to shaping the audience's understanding of the dance sequences in the film.

THE COSTUMES:
CLICK HERE to view work by KIM Costume Designer at Shakedown
http://www.myspace.com/thatsqute

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    157 backers

    Pledges of $10 or more will receive the SHAKEDOWN DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACKAGE which includes exclusive footage stills from the film, the film's ANTHEM song by score composer Tim Dewit of Gang Gang Dance and a special thank you on the official website.

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    ! SHAKEDOWN SOUNDTRACK !
    5 original songs from SHAKEDOWN's soundtrack with limited edition
    "EGYPT DANCES AT SHAKEDOWN" cover art + signed by the director + + a thank you with your name listed on our official film website

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    156 backers

    All pledges of $25 or more will receive a DVD OF THE COMPLETED FILM SHAKEDOWN, and a special thank you on the official website.

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    92 backers

    ! SHAKEDOWN T-SHIRT !
    t-shirt + digital download of the films ANTHEM song + + stills from the film + + a thank you with your name listed on our official film website

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    34 backers Limited (16 left of 50)

    Pledges of $100 or more will receive an INK BLOT T-SHIRT by SHARON WEINRAUB (leilah's mom!) of ARTISIAN ESCLAVAGE, as well as exclusive footage stills from the film, the film's ANTHEM song by score composer Tim Dewit of Gang Gang Dance and a special thank you on the official website.

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    18 backers Limited (2 left of 20)

    Pledges of $100 or more will receive a LATHE PRESSING OF "FREE RIDDIM" from the SHAKEDOWN soundtrack by score composer Tim Dewit of Gang Gang Dance, as well as exclusive footage stills from the film, the film's ANTHEM song by score composer Tim Dewit of Gang Gang Dance and a special thank you on the official website. This is a limited edition AARECORDS pressing of track from SHAKEDOWN soundtrack.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Pledges of $500 or more will receive 3 movie posters from SHAKEDOWN including Cabrini's Illusion. These are LIMITED EDITION POSTERS EACH WITH UNLIMITED HISTORICAL VALUE. Pledges at this level will also receive the Official Shakedown t-shirt and soundtrack.

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    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    Pledges of $1,000 or more will receive an EGYPT COSTUME MADE BY KIM, 2 tickets to NY or LA premiere screening, 2 Shakedown champagne flutes and SHAKEDOWN SOUNDTRACK which includes 5 original songs from the film with limited edition "EGYPT DANCES AT SHAKEDOWN" cover art signed by the director and a special thank you on the official website.

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    Pledges of $1,000 or more will receive an JAZMYNE COSTUME MADE BY KIM, 2 tickets to NY or LA premiere screening, 2 Shakedown champagne flutes and SHAKEDOWN SOUNDTRACK which includes 5 original songs from the film with limited edition "EGYPT DANCES AT SHAKEDOWN" cover art signed by the director and a special thank you on the official website.

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    Pledges of $1,000 or more will receive an OOHZEE COSTUME MADE BY KIM, 2 tickets to NY or LA premiere screening, 2 Shakedown champagne flutes and SHAKEDOWN SOUNDTRACK which includes 5 original songs from the film with limited edition "EGYPT DANCES AT SHAKEDOWN" cover art signed by the director and a special thank you on the official website.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    Pledges of $2,500 of more will receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT,
    PSYCHIC READING FROM www.psychicshirley.com, official Shakedown lettermans jacket and 2 tickets to NY or LA premiere screening.

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    Pledges of $5,000 of more will receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT,
    PSYCHIC READING FROM www.psychicshirley.com, official Shakedown lettermans jacket and 2 tickets to NY or LA premiere screening.

Funding period

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