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    Jewel’s Catch One

    Directed by C. Fitz
    U.S. | 90 minutes | True Stories

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    Jewel’s Catch One

    Directed by C. Fitz
    U.S. | 90 minutes | True Stories

For 40 years the L.A. disco Catch One thrived against all odds as a haven for the black and brown LGBT community, thanks to the tenacity of its remarkable founder, Jewel Thais-Williams, who is celebrated in this vibrant history of the “West Coast Studio 54.”

Schedule

January 7, 2017 5:30 PM Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets not available
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January 8, 2017 1:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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January 10, 2017 2:15 PM Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets not available
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January 16, 2017 8:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

When the disco Catch One opened on the corner of Pico and Crenshaw in 1973, it provided a haven for the black and brown queer community in L.A., who got the cold shoulder at West Hollywood's clubs. It was a place where "everybody was welcome," as its indefatigable founder, Jewel Thais-Williams explains. And the club ruled for over 40 years, despite frequent police raids, a suspected arson that closed Catch One for two years, and the AIDS crisis that felled so many of its regulars. It became the hip haunt for such celebrities as Sharon Stone (interviewed in the film), Madonna, Sandra Bernhard and Sylvester.

First and foremost, C. Fitz's rousing documentary is a portrait of the remarkable woman who kept Catch One alive against all odds, surviving her own crisis with drugs and alcohol in the 1980s to become an inspiring political activist, philanthropist and healer.  Paying tribute are such disco divas as Thelma Houston, Evelyn "Champagne" King and Bonnie Pointer. Jewel herself will be here to join in the celebration.

film details

Country: U.S.
Year: 2016
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Director: C. Fitz
Producers: C. Fitz
Principal Cast: Jewel Thais-Williams, Sharon Stone, Thelma Houston, Bonnie Pointer, Rep. Maxine Waters
Editor: Kyra Dunn, Mike Darrow
Screenwriter: C. Fitz
US Distributor: The Film Collaborative
Website: www.facebook.com/jewelscatchonedocumentary/

guests in attendance

C. Fitz – Director (January 7 & 8 only)

Sharon Stone – Cast (January 7 only)

Jewel Thais-Williams – Cast (January 7 & 8 only)

Thea Austin – Cast

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