Legendary NYC nightclub Paradise Garage is to be the subject of an upcoming film production. The movie’s website describes it as “the story of Larry Levan, Michael Brody and the world famous Paradise Garage.”
The film, named after the club, is to be written and directed by Jonathon Ullman, who previously worked on a 15-minute documentary about the venue in 2014, called What Is The Paradise Garage? You can watch that below.
Paradise Garage legend Larry Levan will be played by British actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, whilst club staff member Joey Llanos will be portrayed by Rayniel Rufino. Llanos will also consult on the film, while David Depino, one of the venue’s DJs, will be associate producer.
Speaking about the film to Resident Advisor, Ullman said, “The stories of The Garage speak volumes about the human spirit. How people were brought together by a love and passion, both on the dancefloor and in the DJ booth, all set against a backdrop of unity and diversity. This film is both a celebration and a dramatic tale, wrapped around a killer soundtrack that defined an era.”
Paradise Garage was seminal in the formation of house music, and as well as being central to the story of Larry Levan, was also a regular place for Frankie Knuckles to play.
You can listen to an exclusive mix by DePino on the film’s website.
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