Join ImageNation and partners for a limited theatrical release of “Jewel's Catch One Documentary" from Director C. Fitz. Celebrating the legacy of a legendary Los Angeles nightclub, Catch One, and the life-changing impact its owner, Jewel Thais-Williams, had on her community breaking down racial and cultural barriers and building the oldest black owned disco in America. Jewel’s story celebrates music, fashion, celebrities and activism that helped changed the course of our country.
Narrated by CCH Pounder, 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. Ava DuVernay's ARRAY (distribution company narrates this historically important film rich with music from the last forty years.
One of the original safe spaces for disenfranchised 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 fight discrimination and serve the less fortunate as she fought tirelessly against racism, homophobia and hate for over 4 decades. Jewel built organizations such as The MINORITY AIDS PROJECT and RUE’s HOUSE (1st shelter for women with AIDS and their children) and later in life started her own non-profit health clinic next door to the club called, The Village Health Foundation, that she still works at today. #legacy
MUSIC BY BONNIE POINTER, THELMA HOUSTON, ANDRA DAY, KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND, SYLVESTER, JENNIFER HOLIDAY, EVELYN “CHAMPAGNE” KING, THEA AUSTIN (SNAP!) AND PEACHES & HERB.
Sponsored by: ImageNation, Harlem2020, Harlem Pride, Circle Of Voices, Inc., Global Network of Black Pride, My True Colors Festival, The HUGS Movement and The Gatekeepers Collective.