In 2002, Weinraub was sitting at a gay bar in Los Angeles when a party promoter passed her a flyer for Shakedown, a club in Mid-City. She went, and that same evening, asked the club’s owners, Sha’ron “Ronnie-Ron” Harris and Ms. Teresa, if she could work there as a photographer. “The pictures weren’t good,” she says, giggling. “I just wanted to be a part of the show in a way that was complementary. The feeling in the room was always excellent and I hadn’t seen a place that was lesbian and like that before.”
Mesmerized by Shakedown’s atmosphere and how the strippers held sway over the room, Weinraub started shooting video of the dancers, known as “Shakedown Angels,” every Tuesday and Friday night. She would edit the footage and present the tapes as birthday presents. “It was very natural,” she recalls. She quickly became the community’s resident videographer, taping everything from club nights to weddings and baby showers. This was all before she knew that she wanted to turn the club into a film.