That’s right, a movie about the iconic New York City venue is currently in production.
Directed by Jonathan Ullman, the film will explore the history of Paradise Garage while focusing on the complicated relationship between the venue owner Michael Brody and club resident Larry Levan. Opened for ten years between 1977 and 1987, Paradise Garage is directly responsible for the foundations of dance music and its culture, allowing the early pioneers that graced its decks to innovate and push the boundaries of disco and house.
Appropriately titled Paradise Garage, the film will highlight the venue’s role as a sanctuary for its members, and especially so those of the LGBT community.
“Throughout his life Larry travelled a road that no one had taken before,” says director Jonathan Ullman “Never afraid to take chances, it was his fearlessness as a DJ and remixer that has endeared him to generations of fans around the world, including myself.” Ullman has done other work related to Paradise Garage before, namely a mini-documentary released in 2014 which you can watch below.
British actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will portray Paradise Garage’s Larry Levan.