Limelight Shines Light on '90s New York City: Clubs, Drugs, and Giuliani
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|Peter Gatien and Michael Alig at Limelight|
The story came to Corben and his business partner Alfred Spellman through Peter Gaiten's daughter Jen. She produced 2007's Hounddog, the film with the controversial Dakota Fanning rape scene. Jen Gatien came to the pair and asked that they tell the enthralling tale of her father.
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Limelight was housed in a historical Episcopal church in the heart of NYC. It was such a fantastic success that when Corben told his grandfather what he was working on a film about the club, he said, "the one in the church? Oh, yeah, your grandmother and I went there."
The film not only tracks the Giuliani and DEA crackdown on the nightclub scene in New York by prosecuting Gatien, it also examines many other thematic threads. "We like the micro macro element of it that we were able to capture," Corben said. Telling the story of a city in a timeframe through that of an interesting character. Limelight explores New York in the '90s, its drugs, racial tension, the abuse of power, and the decline of a culture.
Drugs and power are typical themes in Corben's films. "We did Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja this year, that was our '70s pot movie, we did Cocaine Cowboys, that's our '80s cocaine movie, and now we have our '90s ecstasy movie." He admitted, "We've got the whole drug by decades trilogy here."
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