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Limelight (2011)

Opened: 09/23/2011 Limited

Sunshine Cinema09/23/2011 - 10/20/201128 days
Music Box10/14/2011 - 10/14/20111 day
Sunset 5/LA11/11/2011 - 11/17/20117 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated


As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the undisputed king of the 1980s New York City club scene. The eye-patch-sporting Ontario native built and oversaw a Manhattan empire that counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined the image of an era in New York. Then years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by Mayor Giuliani's determined crackdown on nightlife in the mid-'90s led to Gatien's eventual deportation to Canada, and the shuttering of his glitzy kingdom.

Featuring insider interviews with famous players in the club scene as well as key informants in Gatien's high-profile trial, Billy Corben's (Cocaine Cowboys) exuberant documentary aims to set the record straight about Gatien's life as it charts his rise and fall against the transformation of New York, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of the city's nightlife.

About Peter Gatien

Born in Cornwall, Ontario, the legendary Peter Gatien has achieved international acclaim as both a creative force and visionary businessman.

A pioneer in the world of nightlife entertainment, Peter created nightclubs that not only embodied the contemporary music, art and fashion culture but inspired it.

Peter designed influential clubs including Limelight in New York and Atlanta, Chicago and London; Petrus in Atlanta; Club USA, Tunnel and the Palladium in New York that have all proven to be profitable and pioneering venues still unsurpassed.

A visionary who dominated an entire industry for over twenty-five years, Peter has maintained this unparalleled accomplishment by consistently thinking ahead of the curve. He not only distinguishes trends, but sets them by both analyzing and anticipating the popular pulse.

Peter's savvy artistic instincts are equaled by his unrivaled business acumen. His "Midas Touch" extends to the worlds of theater and film producing, including The Bronx Tale, starring Robert DeNiro.

Peter has since returned to Toronto and is now determined to create a series of successful state-of-the-art entertainment, dining and lodging establishments that will bring worldwide acclaim to his Canadian hometown.

About the Filmmakers


Billy Corben has worked as a producer, director, actor, and writer for more than 20 years. He and producing partner Alfred Spellman formed their first production company in 1994 while in high school. Their first feature doc, Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, played Sundance in 2001. His other films include Cocaine Cowboys and Square Grouper.

JEN GATIEN (Producer)

Jen Gatien made her producing debut with Shampoo Horns which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. She then founded her production company, DeerJen and most recently produced HOLY ROLLERS starring Jesse Eisenberg. The film premiered at Sundance 2010 and opened nationally last summer. Gatien also produced CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS, directed by Abel Ferrara which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival as an official selection. The film was released theatrically starring Ethan Hawke, Milos Forman, Dennis Hopper and Grace Jones. In 2007, Gatien produced HOUNDDOG which premiered at Sundance starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright Penn. She currently has 4 films in post-production: a Spike Lee produced documentary, EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, So Yong Kim's FOR ELLEN starring Paul Dano and Jon Heder, Bradley Rust Gray's JACK AND DIANE and Julius Onah's THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE. Gatien is a board member of New Wave at Lincoln Center and served as a jury member for the Oldenburg Film Festival. She is a graduate of Columbia University.

SAM REGA (Editor)

Sam Rega is currently an editor for Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben at rakontur. He is the co-director and producer of the award-winning documentary Miami Noir: The Arthur E. Teele Story, and a founder of the Miami World Cinema Center, a non-profit film organization. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in motion pictures.