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Title: Film Review: ‘Jewel’s Catch One’
Author: John Silva
Rating 5 of 5 Des:
As last month’s massacre in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub demonstrated all too tragically, gay clubs have often served a purpose higher than si...
As last month’s massacre in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub demonstrated all too tragically, gay clubs have often served a purpose higher than simple dance spots or watering holes: at times, they’re badly-needed sanctuaries — a description that certainly seems appropriate for Los Angeles’ Jewel’s Catch One, which served as the city’s premier black gay club for 42 years before closing just last year.
Directed by C. Fitz, “Jewel’s Catch One” is an undeniably loving documentary tribute to the club and its longtime owner Jewel Thais-Williams, tagging along with the soft-spoken septuagenarian as she details her reign as an unlikely nightlife impresario-turned-activist, philanthropist, acupuncturist, and vegan restaurateur. Clearly a passion project, Fitz’s film is a scrappy, sometimes scattered endeavor that can veer into retirement-tribute-video testimonial at times, but at its best, it’s a worthy and necessary slice of history that should be a natural choice for LGBT fests... »

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