‘Studio 54’ Sells to Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 5/21/2018 | Brent Lang
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Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber have picked up U.S. rights for Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” a documentary about the club that was at the epicenter of New York city nightlife in the 1970s.

The deal between Kino Lorber and A&E IndieFilms, the company that produced the film, was finalized during Cannes Film Festival. “Studio 54” will be released in theaters in the fall of 2018. The companies are planning to campaign the film for Academy Awards consideration.

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Tyrnauer, a Vanity Fair editor-at-large turned filmmaker, previously directed “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” and “Scotty and the Secret of Hollywood.” He’s shown a knack for getting under the skins of iconoclasts and myth-makers. He hit pay dirt with Steve Rubell, the flamboyant outer-bourough social-climber who created the ultimate playground for the rich and glamorous with his partner co-owner Ian Schrager. Over the course of a mere 33 months, Studio 54’s mixture of dancing, sexual heat, and drugs attracted everyone from Roy Cohn to Liza Minnelli.

The film premiered to raves at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and also screened at Tribeca. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman praised “Studio 54,” writing, “Matt Tyrnauer’s thrilling and definitive documentary captures the delirium — and the dark side — of the legendary New York disco.”

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Tyrnauer’s film boasts interviews with many key players, including a series of sit-downs with Schrager (Rubell died of AIDS in 1989 at the age of 45). He also unearthed lots of previously unseen footage and stills, including 16mm film he sourced from former NYU Tisch film students who secretly shot inside the club for documentary about disco that was never made.

“I’m extremely pleased to be working with Zeitgeist and A&E IndieFilms on the release of ‘Studio 54,’”...
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