On Friday February 17th at 7pm, at The HRC Building, Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Monthly Film Series, in partnership with their Presenting Sponsors Human Rights Campaign, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and host Rayceen Pendarvis from The Ask Rayceen Show
With the screening of
Director C. Fitz’s
JEWEL’S CATCH ONE documents the oldest Black owned disco in America and establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist, and healer, Jewel Thais-Williams, who stood up against hate and discrimination for 42 years. The story of Jewel and “The Catch” celebrates four decades of music, fashion, celebrity, and activism that helped change the course of our country by breaking down racial, social, and cultural barriers. One of the original safe spaces for both the LGBT and Black communities, The Catch also served as a refuge for many during the AIDS crisis. As her club grew to become known as the “unofficial Studio 54 of the West Coast,” Jewel became a national model for how to combat discrimination and serve the less fortunate.
The film is a lush visual and musical journey highlighted by exclusive interviews with Sharon Stone, Thelma Houston, Evelyn “Champagne“ King, Madonna, Sandra Bernhard, Thea Austin, Jenifer Lewis, Representative Maxine Waters and Bonnie Pointer. CCH Pounder narrates this historically important film.
Hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis of the Ask Rayceen Show
Winter/Spring 2017 Series of Reel Affirmations Monthly Film Series VIP
You can see 6 different films for only
$100.00 with The Reel Affirmations XTRA Series VIP Pass
With the SERIES PASS you are invited to enjoy filmmaker receptions, complimentary cocktails, popcorn and movie candy as well as VIP Seating.
The Winter/Spring line up of films includes:
February 17th: Black History Month Screening of “Jewel’s Catch One”
March 24th: The Newly Restored 20th Anniversary Edition
“Watermelon Women” w/ Director Talk/Catered Cocktail Reception
Director Cheryl Dunye
April 21st: Countries and Closets Screening of “A Pearl of Africa”
May 12th: “First Girl I Loved”
May 20th: Reel Trans Film Series
June 16th: “KiKi”