• The Polka King

    Directed by Maya Forbes
    US | 95 minutes | Special Presentation

  • The Polka King

    Directed by Maya Forbes
    US | 95 minutes | Special Presentation

  • The Polka King

    Directed by Maya Forbes
    US | 95 minutes | Special Presentation

  • The Polka King

    Directed by Maya Forbes
    US | 95 minutes | Special Presentation

When Pennsylvania’s self-proclaimed “Polka King” Jan Lewan (Jack Black) attempts to keep his struggling band alive by soliciting investments from his elderly fans, he catches unwanted government attention in this outrageous comedy that proves real life is truly stranger than fiction.

Schedule

January 3, 2018 7:00 PM Camelot Theatres Tickets not available
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film synopsis

There is no business like show business, yet when a potential Ponzi scheme is involved, it becomes federal business. Performing weekly at VFW halls with his wife Marla (Jenny Slate), a former Miss Junior Pennsylvania, and “musical genius” band mate Mickey (Jason Schwartzman), Polish immigrant Jan Lewan (Jack Black) appears to have achieved the American dream. Yet the born showman can’t seem to muster enough money to even move out of the home of his nagging mother-in-law (the uproarious Jacki Weaver). Lewan begins to solicit investments from his elderly fans, with good intentions to pay them back once he’s built his empire (A record label! Eponymous vodka! Tours of the Vatican!). But as the cash begins to flow and interest to accrue, Lewan finds he’s unable to keep himself afloat—or out of jail. Lead by Black’s energetic performance, the film’s hysterical ensemble creates what would be a fantastical farce, if it wasn’t true.

film details

Country: US
Year: 2017
Running Time: 95 minutes
Language: English
Director: Maya Forbes
Producers: David Permut, Stuart Cornfeld, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Wally Wolodarsky, Jack Black, Priyanka Mattoo
Principal Cast: Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove
Cinematographers: Andrei Bowden Schwartz
Editor: Catherine Haight
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Screenwriter: Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky

guests in attendance

Director/co-writer Maya Forbes and actors Jack Black, Jenny Slate and Jacki Weaver

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