The first trailer for Jewel’s Catch One, the latest documentary acquired by Ava DuVernay’s production company ARRAY, gives you enough disco fun to help you swallow the harsh reality the titular club had to shield itself against.
The documentary by C. Fitz plans to educate viewers on the history of the oldest black-owned disco club in the country and its founder, Jewel Thais-Williams, who gave black, LGBTQ and AIDS-impacted communities in Los Angeles a safe space to be themselves for over 40 years.
The film is narrated by CCH Pounder and includes interviews with Thais-Williams and Jenifer Lewis, Sharon Stone, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Madonna, Bonnie Pointer, Thelma Houston, Sandra Bernhard, Thea Austin, Rep. Maxine Waters and others.
Watch the trailer below:
In March, ARRAY Vice President Tilane Jones said, “Through her film, documentarian C. Fitz shows how one woman created an inclusive venue and sense of belonging in a major U.S. city. We are excited to add this meaningful work to ARRAY’s catalog and we look forward to building conversations with audiences worldwide about the story’s themes of activism and representation.”
Jewel’s Catch One will debut May 1 on Netflix with a simultaneous national screening tour.