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World Premiere

USA | 92 MINUTES | English |



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, TFF '06) 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.


Directed by Billy Corben

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, Alfred Spellman
Billy Corben


Alfred Spellman
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 788-9676
Print Source
Jen Gatien
Deerjen Films
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 917.853.6591
Tom Quinn
Magnolia Pictures
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 924-6701 x 203