Rich Howells

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 […]

 Rich Howells

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 […]

 Rich Howells

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 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

New Rolling Stones Latin America tour documentary screening in Moosic and Williamsport Dec. 12

New Rolling Stones Latin America tour documentary screening in Moosic and Williamsport Dec. 12

From a press release: A road movie that celebrates the revolutionary power of rock ‘n’ roll, “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America” is an exhilarating and vivid documentary that follows the Stones’ tour through 10 Latin American cities in early 2016. It combines electrifying live performances from across the tour […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘The Anonymous People,’ a film about recovery from addiction, screens for free in Scranton on Sept. 8

‘The Anonymous People,’ a film about recovery from addiction, screens for free in Scranton on Sept. 8

From a press release: Lackawanna County, Community Care, and the Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium will host a free public screening of “The Anonymous People,” a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction, on Thursday, Sept. 8 on Courthouse Square (200 N. Washington […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: An update on NEPA pizza documentary ‘Tray,’ with a new clip from Maroni’s in Scranton

EXCLUSIVE: An update on NEPA pizza documentary ‘Tray,’ with a new clip from Maroni’s in Scranton

NEPA Scene was the first publication to tell you about “Tray,” a new documentary currently in production about pizza in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the region’s unique history and relationship with everyone’s favorite flatbread food. The story, which became one of the most popular articles we’ve ever published, was then picked up by many other media […]

 Rich Howells

Jack Black will play disgraced Hazleton polka legend Jan Lewan in ‘The Man Who Would Be Polka King’

Jack Black will play disgraced Hazleton polka legend Jan Lewan in ‘The Man Who Would Be Polka King’

Comedian, actor, and musician Jack Black has dropped hints about playing a real-life polka king in various interviews for a while now, and now it has been confirmed that he will produce and star in a biopic of Pennsylvania polka superstar Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski called “The Man Who Would Be Polka King.” Based on the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘Queen: A Night in Bohemia’ classic concert and new documentary screening in Moosic on March 8

‘Queen: A Night in Bohemia’ classic concert and new documentary screening in Moosic on March 8

From a press release: Be part of the legendary event “Queen: A Night in Bohemia” when Fathom Events, More2Screen, and Eagle Rock Entertainment bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ 1975 concert and a never-before-seen documentary to select U.S. movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. This groundbreaking concert has been […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton documentary ‘Half Empty’ explores ‘Life in America’s Unhappiest City’

An oft-cited study of the “unhappiest” cities in the country by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard University, released in 2014 by the National Bureau of Economic Research, placed Scranton at No. 1 in a list of “the least happy American regions.” How can someone find happiness in America’s unhappiest city? Do […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: A first whiff of ‘Tray,’ the upcoming documentary about NEPA pizza

EXCLUSIVE: A first whiff of ‘Tray,’ the upcoming documentary about NEPA pizza

Scranton natives using Indiegogo to crowdfund movie about food and community

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, pizza is curiously ordered by the “tray,” not the pie, and that’s not the only thing unique about the area’s relationship with the cheesy Italian dish. Growing up in Scranton, Jeremy Saltry and Joey Dominick know just how ingrained – baked in, if you will – pizza is in NEPA culture, so […]