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Jewel's Catch One

USA, English, 90 mins

  • Director: C. Fitz
  • Writer: C. Fitz
  • Producer: C. Fitz

CGiii Comment

For any self-respecting LGBT person, this is essential viewing!

For the younger LGBT generation, this is essential viewing!

This is LGBT history...a story that spans over 4 decades, helmed by a remarkable lady: Jewel Thais-Williams...a workaholic and a [true] pillar of the community. A community she created and cared for...through the good times, the bad times...and, the time when gay men were dying from HIV/AIDS.

The film is as expansive as Jewel's career and achievements, it's a chronological journey from the early days to the closing day...of the nightclub that changed lives. Utterly fascinating to hear how the times and attitudes have changed and evolved...and, how this woman - the odds were definitely stacked against her from day one - fought, changed and evolved to keep her business at the forefront of her community.

Catch One was not just a nightlub/bar...it was a sanctuary, the safest of spaces, for many. How many establishments - nowadays - can boast such a relevance? Sadly, Catch One has gone - a sign o'the times - thankfully, this film helps to keep these vital memories alive. Those yesteryears were not so long ago...the people - collectively - made a difference.

My god, she made a difference...what a legacy! What a lovely lady...who helped pave the way for a better and brighter future. We thank you.


Trailer...

Jewel's Catch One Trailer with dedication to #WeAreOrlando from C. Fitz on Vimeo.

The(ir) Blurb...

Jewel’s Catch One’s 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 discrimination and serve the less fortunate.

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