6:30 PM Complimentary Refreshments for all ticket holders ON THE PATIO
7:00 PM Meet movie director Kevin Asch on the patio before the film.
7:30 PM Holy Rollers
Film director Kevin Asch will introduce “Holy Rollers,” his directorial debut film, on Thursday, July 9, opening night of the White Mountain Jewish Film Festival.
For this film, Kevin Asch won Breakthrough Director at the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards and Most Promising New Director at the 2010 Deauville American Film Festival.
Starring Oscar-nominated Jesse Eisenberg, “Holy Rollers” premiered in dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was released to critical acclaim.
His follow up feature “Affluenza” was released last summer in North American theaters and globally on VOD. The film stars some of Hollywood’s freshest faces, including Nicola Peltz, Grant Gustin, and Gregg Sulkin, alongside veteran movie stars Steve Guttenberg and Samantha Mathis.
His next movie entitled “King’s Highway” is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. Set in the 1980s, this gritty crime drama centers on a former Mossad agent living in New York.
HOLY ROLLERS stars Jesse Eisenberg (SOCIAL NETWORK). He delivers a tightly wound performance as Sam Gold, a young Hasid who feels that his life is on hold in the confines of his Boro Park world. Sam is frustrated in love, and unable to stand out among his peers, making him ripe for the get rich quick scheme his neighbor suggests. It sounds innocent enough: just smuggle in important medicine not yet approved for sick people. “Who’s gonna frisk a frummer?” his friend asks. But that first leap of faith quickly leads Sam to see his neighbor’s “medicine” is anything but. Sam’s (Jesse Eisenberg) reaction to this discovery triggers an Odyssey unlike any young Hasid could imagine, taking him from the glitter of Parisian nightclubs to dimly lit drug dealers’ dens.
HOLY ROLLERS, inspired by true events, is a surprising cool film, taking a serious look at the pull between the secular and the sacred, a conflict Eisenberg expresses with a neurotic intensity.
“Director Kevin Asch's morality drama restages the fall of Man as a modern, real-life crime story. It is understated, but compelling, with yet another standout performance from Jesse Eisenberg.” Film Critic Anton Bitel
“Holy Rollers” in the Press
Indiewire - Leonard Maltin “ … one of the year’s top independent films; it’s well worth seeing.”
Box Office Magazine - Ray Greene “Asch has an easy naturalistic and non-sensationalized way with scene construction, while keeping the focus on character rather than criminal melodrama that might have emerged in other hands.”
Empire Magazine - Eve Barlow “A compelling coming-of-age drama examining a frustrated teenager’s loss of innocence. Asch takes a gritty news story and makes it run deeper.”
Media Mischief - “Ash leads us on a fascinating journey into two incredibly different worlds. There’s a crackling rawness to his filmmaking reminiscent of early Scorsese.”
Starring Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me, Social Network) Directed by: Kevin Asch Written by: Antonio Macia
Running Time: 89 min Country of Origin: USA Release Date: 2010 Rating: R
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