Rich Howells

VIDEOS: NEPA musicians perform with ‘Polka King’ Jack Black on ‘Colbert’ and ‘Today’ show

VIDEOS: NEPA musicians perform with ‘Polka King’ Jack Black on ‘Colbert’ and ‘Today’ show

While the NEPA Scene Podcast recorded a show with John Mikulak, whose local documentary inspired the new Netflix movie “The Polka King,” several Northeastern Pennsylvania musicians were in New York City yesterday performing polka music with its star, Jack Black, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which aired later that night on CBS. Black […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Netflix releases first trailer for ‘The Polka King’ starring Jack Black as Hazleton con man

As NEPA Scene reported yesterday, Netflix has finally settled on an official release date for its new comedic drama, “The Polka King,” so today the streaming service dropped the first trailer for the anticipated film, which stars comedian, actor, and musician Jack Black as real-life Hazleton polka legend Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski. No area has anticipated […]

 Rich Howells

‘The Polka King’ starring Jack Black as Hazleton con man premieres on Netflix on Jan. 12

‘The Polka King’ starring Jack Black as Hazleton con man premieres on Netflix on Jan. 12

Since its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22, moviegoers in Northeastern Pennsylvania have been anxiously waiting for a release date for the new comedic drama “The Polka King,” which is forgoing a traditional theatrical release by becoming a Netflix exclusive. The reason so many locals are looking forward to the movie […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Ted ‘Million Dollar Man’ DiBiase documentary ‘Price of Fame’ screens in NEPA theaters on Nov. 7

Ted ‘Million Dollar Man’ DiBiase documentary ‘Price of Fame’ screens in NEPA theaters on Nov. 7

From a press release: Ted DiBiase is known by scores of fans as the “Million Dollar Man,” the larger-than-life character that helped launch pro-wrestling into the international spotlight and one of the greatest villains in pro-wrestling history. But the price of fame took DiBiase away from his family and into an egocentric world of self-fulfillment […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Native American ‘Peoples of the Susquehanna’ documentary premieres Nov. 16 on WVIA

Native American ‘Peoples of the Susquehanna’ documentary premieres Nov. 16 on WVIA

From a press release: “Peoples of the Susquehanna,” an original documentary film produced by Bucknell University and WVIA Public Media, will premiere on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. on WVIA-TV. The one-hour program examines the history, cultures, and traditions of the Native Americans of the Susquehanna River watershed. The film explores tribes of the […]

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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton filmmaker Kenny Luck on ‘Opioid Nation’ and the NEPA drug epidemic

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton filmmaker Kenny Luck on ‘Opioid Nation’ and the NEPA drug epidemic

Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the award-winning NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania. The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page […]

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VIDEO PREMIERE: ‘Opioid Nation’ documentary tackles NEPA drug epidemic

After NEPA Scene premiered Scranton filmmaker Kenny Luck’s first documentary, “Half Empty: Life in America’s Unhappiest City,” the 15-minute video went viral, garnering over 23,000 views and sparking debate about whether or not the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area is really as bad as polls and studies say it is. In 2017, he’s back with a new topical […]

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VIDEO: Hazleton ‘Polka King’ Jan Lewan joins Jack Black on stage for ‘Rappin’ Polka’ at Sundance premiere Q&A

VIDEO: Hazleton ‘Polka King’ Jan Lewan joins Jack Black on stage for ‘Rappin’ Polka’ at Sundance premiere Q&A

While we still don’t have a trailer for the anticipated comedic drama “The Polka King,” which stars comedian, actor, and musician Jack Black as real-life Hazleton polka legend (and convicted con man) Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski, coverage of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 22 has given us many more details […]

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VIDEO: Wilkes-Barre artist Kevin Dougherty using Kickstarter to fund documentary on cartoonist Drew Friedman

VIDEO: Wilkes-Barre artist Kevin Dougherty using Kickstarter to fund documentary on cartoonist Drew Friedman

Many locals know Kevin Dougherty as the former manager of the beloved Wilkes-Barre music venue Cafe Metro, but he is also a comic artist and animator who has made music videos, wrote and directed “Fuzzball” for Nickelodeon’s animated series “KaBlam!” and created early web cartoon “Juanita & the List.” Now, his latest project may be […]

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Jack Black comedy ‘The Polka King,’ based on Hazleton polka con man, premieres at Sundance in January

Jack Black comedy ‘The Polka King,’ based on Hazleton polka con man, premieres at Sundance in January

Back in March, we reported that comedian, actor, and musician Jack Black was cast as Pennsylvania polka legend Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski in an upcoming film based on the locally produced documentary “The Man Who Would Be Polka King.” Now the Sundance Institute has announced that “The Polka King,” which Black is also producing, will have […]