“This club is a dark, sultry machine,” says one dedicated nightclub goer. For over four decades, Jewel’s Catch One Nightclub in Los Angeles served as the oldest Black lesbian owned disco in the United States. Honoured elder Jewel Thais- Williams has worn many hats in her life: entrepreneur, restaurateur, DJ, activist, healer. Known as “The Catch” to many regulars, the nightclub was a safe haven and refuge, opening its doors to all races, genders, and sexualities and earning its legendary title as the “Unofficial Studio 54 of the West Coast”. Featuring interview appearances by Sharon Stone, Thelma Houston, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Sandra Bernhard, Thea Austin, Jenifer Lewis, Representative Maxine Waters and Bonnie Pointer, Jewel’s Catch One is a glowing celebration of community and chosen family, highlighting the importance of the dance floor as a gathering place for racialized, queer, and other marginalized groups.
Jewel’s Catch One | C Fitz | USA | 2016 | 90 min
Screening Sponsors: Downtown Vancouver BIA, OUTtv