Magnolia Pictures has made its second major documentary acquisition at Tribeca in New York, picking up all world rights to Limelight (pictured), a film about noted nightclub owner Peter Gatien, following its premiere on Friday.
The doc is made by rakontur’s Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, the filmmakers behind this year’s Square Grouper and 2006′s Cocaine Cowboys, as well as ESPN’s The U. Magnolia is planning an August theatrical release for the film.
The film chronicles Gatien’s rise to dominance in New York City nightlife of the 1990s, as the owner of the Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA hotspots. It also looks at the drug crackdowns and police pressure under the reign of New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, which eventually led to Gatien’s deportation to Canada.
The film promises to feature some of the most famous and notorious players from the ’90s New York club scene.
“Rakontur and Jen Gatien have made it possible for all of us future and former club kids to spend one more night inside the infamous, crazy, and fabulous NYC club scene of the ’90s,” said Magnolia’s senior VP Tom Quinn, who negotiated the deal with Spellman and producer Jen Gatien.
The news comes after Magnolia last week acquired theatrical rights for David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, a documentary about the life and work of master sushi chef Jiro Ono, which also played at Tribeca.