riot on the dance floor – trailer

December 6, 2013

Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of Randy Now and City Gardens
is a documentary from director Steve Tozzi, that features the stark
and iconic photography of Thrasher Magazine’s Ken Salerno. It is told through an oral history format of in-depth interviews and archival footage, bringing to life the gritty story of one of New Jersey’s most infamous clubs and its larger than life promoter. Riot on the Dance Floor chronicles the rise of several different music scenes in a venue for underground music that traversed the entertainment spectrum; from the comedy of Henny Youngman to Nine Inch Nails, New Order to Nirvana. It is also the story of a music business lifer; a road warrior, part-time musician, radio host and former postal worker who went looking for a place to spin his New Wave records and ended up building an independent movement out of nothing in a dead city stuck between New York and Philadelphia. Randy’s story mirrors that of the music and Riot on the Dance Floor captures the past by following the present-day endeavors of both Randy and the bands. It is the story of the unheard underground and the collective creativity that came out of it: the artists, the writers, the photographers, the ‘zines and labels. It is the story of musical champions, underdogs and how hoards of misfit kids found an unlikely home and above all, the freedom and liberation of having complete creative control.

– Steven Dilodovico, Writer & Producer Riot on the Dance Floor