VSC picks up Canadian rights to “Limelight”

Toronto- and L.A.-based Video Services Corp. (VSC) has acquired the Canadian rights to rakontur's documentary on nightclub owner Peter Gatien.
April 29, 2011

Toronto- and L.A.-based Video Services Corp. (VSC) has acquired the Canadian rights to Limelight, rakontur’s documentary on nightclub owner Peter Gatien.

Directed and produced by Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman (Cocaine Cowboys, ESPN’s The U), Limelight recently had its world debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures.

The doc will have its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs Film Festival on May 5 in Toronto and VSC is planning a June theatrical run for the film with a DVD release to follow later in the year.

Limelight chronicles Gatien’s career from his 1990s dominance of New York City nightlife, with clubs Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA, to drug crackdowns and police pressure that led to his deportation to Canada.

“Peter Gatien’s story has unique appeal in Canada and we’re thrilled to be bringing the film to audiences in this country.” said VSC president Jonathan Gross. “Everyone will have a chance to become a ’90s club kid again or for the first time. Hey, even I partied at Limelight!”

“When [producer] Jen Gatien approached us with the idea of making the doc, we jumped at it because we recognized a similar dynamic to Cocaine Cowboys. Limelight is another rise and fall tale set against the transformation of a city, in this case New York,” says rakontur’s Alfred Spellman.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.