Magnolia Pictures has revealed the official U.S. release poster for filmmaker Billy Corben’s (Cocaine Cowboys, Square Grouper)new film Limelight, which profiles former club owner Peter Gatien and the 1980’s New York City club scene.
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, Cocaine Cowboys director Billy Corben’s 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.
Limelight opens in theaters September 23, 2011. Check out the poster below.