Kevin Asch began making films as a kid growing up in Great Neck, New York. His professional career started later, at the New York based independent studio, The Shooting Gallery. During his five year tenure, Asch helped produce and distribute over thirty films including “You Can Count On Me” and “Croupier.”
Asch later oversaw the Brand Entertainment division of Platinum Rye Entertainment, where he managed commercials, sponsorships, and product placement deals involving celebrity participation. Following that, Asch founded the production company Lookbook Films where he directed, wrote and produced the short film “Characters” (2005) starring Danny A. Abeckaser, Lukas Haas and Sara Foster, and produced the feature “Point&Shoot” (2004) which screened at the Tribeca and Hamptons film festivals and is available on Netflix.
“Holy Rollers” is his feature film debut and it premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Dramatic Competition and was released theatrically Summer 2010 in North America by First Independent Pictures and will be coming out internationally in 2011 and is now receiving UK distribution from CrabTree Films.
Recently, Asch won the Most Promising Newcomer award at the 2010 Deauville Film Festival and the Breakthrough Director prize at the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards, both for “Holy Rollers.” Asch received a B.A. in Film Directing from School of Visual Arts in New York (1998). After a brief stint living in Los Angeles, Asch now resides back in New York developing several film projects including the coming-of-age drama “Great Neck” and crime drama “Kings Highway.”
Screenwriter – Antonio Macia
Antonio, the son of Argentine and Chilean immigrants, is an alum of Middlebury College, where he graduated with a degree in International Studies, and spent a year studying abroad in France and Spain. After graduating from Middlebury, Antonio moved to New York with aspirations of acting and writing. He wrote and co-starred in his first feature,’ Anne B. Rea’l, in the spring of 2003. The coming of age drama went on to win several awards, and be nominated for a completed an IFP Spirit Award Nomination for Best Feature.
After completing the film, Antonio was invited as an artist-in-residence to the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. He co-wrote the feature ‘Up River’ with Academy Award nominated Documentary filmmaker Scott Kennedy (The Garden) which was selected for 2005 FIND’S Director’s Lab and made Hollywood’s Black List as one of the year’s top 100 scripts. His original script ‘Holy Rollers’ wrapped principal photography in January 2009.
Danny A. Abeckaser – Producer
Danny A. Abeckaser and his DA Entertainment shingle, have worked with some of the world‟s most powerful film executives and entertainment personalities to develop events, exclusive contracts and marketing programs for film and television.
In 2005, he produced and starred in the short film “Characters” co-starring Sara Foster and Lukas Haas. Since then, Danny has appeared in such films as ‘Made’, ‘Point&Shoot’, ‘Alpha Dog’, ‘Homie Spumoni’, ‘El Cantante’, ‘Gardener Or Eden’, ‘The Education Of Charlie Bank’, and ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’.
Tory Tunnell – Producer
Tory Tunnell co-founded Safehouse Pictures in October 2005, which is a Los Angeles based film and television production company. She just wrapped on a horror film, ‘County Road K’, being directed by comic book scribe Phil Gelatt (Labor Days, Petrograd, Indiana Jones), and in 2007, she produced ‘Trumbo’, starring Joan Allen, Michael Douglas, Brian Dennehy, Paul Giamatti, Nathan Lane, Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn, and Donald Sutherland, which was released by Samuel Goldwyn and PBS.
Tunnell also co-produced Joby Harold’s directorial debut ‘Awake’ starring Jessica Alba, Hayden Christensen and Terrence Howard. ‘Awake’ was released by The Weinstein Company and MGM. The film was made for under $8M and has already grossed more than $60M worldwide and on DVD. Previously, Tunnell served as Vice President and Head of Development at Deutsch/Open City Films, where she was responsible for bringing in new partners Donny Deutsch, Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner.
During her five year tenure at Deutsch/Open City Films, Tunnell associate produced Joseph Castelo‟s ‘The War Within’, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005 and Jacob Kornbluth’s ‘The Best Thief In The World’, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
As Head of Development at Deutsch/Open City Films, Tunnell worked through the development and production of ‘The Guys’ starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia, Jim Jarmusch’s acclaimed Coffee And Cigarettes starring Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Steve Coogan, and Alfred Molina, and Love In The Time Of Money starring Adrien Grenier, Rosario Dawson, Steve Buscemi and Michael Imperioli.
Per Melita – Producer
Born in Rome to German and Italian parents, Per Melita spent his formative years in Italy and in the Netherlands. His education in German schools, and later at Dutch and American universities, culminated in an MBA in Finance and Media from Fordham University Graduate School of Business in New York City. After spending four years in the New York banking industry, Per went on to gain 12 years of production experience in the independent film industry as a Line Producer and Production Manager working on such films as ‘La Ciudad’, ‘Trick’, ‘In The Bedroom’, ‘The Jimmy Show’ and ‘Never Forever’.
As a Co-Producer, he worked on such films as Anthon Chechov’s ‘The Duel’, ‘The War Within’, ‘Quid Pro Quo’, starring Vera Farmiga and Nick Stahl, and the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival Best Narrative Feature winner Roger Dodger, starring Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabella Rossellini and Jennifer Beals, written and directed by Dylan Kidd.
In 2006, Per produced the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize Winner and two time Independent Spirit Award nominee Padre Nuestro (Sangre De Mi Sangre) starring Jesus Ochoa, Armando Hernandez, Jorge Adrian Espindola, Paola Mendoza and Eugenio Derbez, written and directed by Christopher Zalla.
Per recently completed the horror/psychological thriller ‘County Road K’, which he produced with Tory Tunell and Will Battersby, written and directed by Philip Gelatt.
Per also serves as the Vice President of Cinergy Pictures, a New York based production company, whose credits include the Oscar nominated La Bestia Nel Cuore (Don’t Tell) directed by Cristina Comencini and the critically acclaimed Giovanni Falcone: L’uomo che sfido cosa nostra directed by Luca and Antonio Frazzi.
Jen Gatien – Producer
Jen Gatien is the principal of DeerJen, a film production company based in New York, that is committed to producing challenging independent films that give otherwise silenced voices a chance to be heard.
Gatien produced ‘Chelsea on the Rocks’, directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, Milos Forman and Grace Jones. The film premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was released in October 2009, with a soundtrack on Atlantic Records. Gatien produced ‘Hounddog’, which premiered in the dramatic competition category at Sundance 2007, starring Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright Penn, David Morse, Piper Laurie and Jill Scott.
She is currently in post-production on ‘Evolution Of A Criminal’, with executive producer Spike Lee, as well as Meskada, starring Nick Stahl, Kellen Lutz, Rachel Nichols and Norman Reedus.
Gatien is also currently completing the principle photography on a documentary about New York during the Giuliani years entitled Limelight, directed by Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys). In February 2010, she shot ‘For Ellen’ by Sundance award winning writer/director So Yong Kim, which stars Paul Dano Jon Heder, Jena Malone and Margarita Levieva.
Gatien is also producing Bradley Rust ‘rey’s ‘Jack and Diane’ starring Olivia Thirlby and Juno Temple with animation by the ‘Brothers Quay’. The film will reunite Gatien with ‘Chelsea on the Rocks’ partner Wild Bunch. Gatien is a board member of the New Wave at Lincoln Center and served as a jury member for the Oldenberg Film Festival in 2008. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
Editor/ Associate Producer – Suzanne Spangler
Suzanne Spangler is a native Californian who grew up wanting to work in film. She attended Drew University and the University of Southern California, majoring in Political Science. She began as a runner for the Finnegan/Pinchuk company, next moving into production as set PA on ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’.
Spangler then began an apprenticeship with Oscar-nominated editor Carol Littleton, working with such directors as Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Demme. Her credits include Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming’s ‘The Anniversary Party’, and Jonathan Demme’s ‘The Truth about Charlie’ (co-editor).
She has also edited independent features such as Nancy Savoca’s ‘Dirt’, Todd Yellin’s Brother’s ‘Shadow’, Tamas Botjor and Sybil Dessau’s ‘American Shopper’, Lisa Leone’s short “Exactly” and the Jennifer Lopez produced mini-series “Como ama una mujer.” Spangler’s films have screened at Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, South by Southwest and Seattle Film Festivals.
Cinematography by Ben Kutchins
On Ben’s work on Palm Pictures‟ Bomb the System, Stephen Holden of the New York Times praised that, “The splendid cinematography by Ben Kutchins evokes a downscale New York answer to the icy Los Angeles noir of Michael Mann, but on a minuscule budget and with passion to spare.That film was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
In 2000, he graduated with honours from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he won awards for his work on short films, many of which went on to screen at the Cannes, Tribeca, and Sundance Film Festivals. In 2004, Ben shot the Showtime feature film ‘The Best Theif in the World’, starring Mary Louise Parker, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
The feature ‘Waterborne’ won the audience award at SXSW in 2005. More recently, he wrapped ‘Ashes’, a drama shot in New York City, and Harrison Montgomery, starring Martin Landau. His unique vision has the Village Voice dubbing him a “Thugged out Christopher Doyle.” Ben is represented by ICM and currently lives in New York, where he shoots commercials and music videos when he is not shooting feature films.
Music by MJ Mynarski
MJ Mynarski is an American composer and songwriter who has written music for several feature documentaries and over two dozen short films. Specializing in what he calls, “The big sound of the small ensemble,” he has created scores for award-winning films such as Tube, Brendon’s Meeting, and 7 Shiny Coins.
MJ‟s first work in film was as a field sound effects recordist for Far and Away, The Mambo Kings and Honeymoon in Vegas. He was the Technical Music Consultant on Mary Harron’s ‘American Psycho’, as well as the Source Music Composer. He composed music for highly-acclaimed animation artist Genevieve Anderson on her award-winning ‘Ola’s Box of Clovers’ and ’Too Loud a Solitude’, featuring Paul Giamatti.
MJ has a B.A. in Philosophy and Music with Honours from Rutgers University, and was a protégé of composer Jacob Stern at Mannes College of Music in New York City. Upon Stern’s retirement, MJ was appointed to the Mannes faculty as an instructor of Music for Film.
‘Holy Rollers’ is his first dramatic feature film score and second collaboration with director Kevin Asch.
Executive Producers – Dave Berlin, Kevin Asch, Isaac Gindi, Marat Rosenberg
Co-Producers – Robert Profusek,Ryan Silbert
Production Designer – Tommaso Ortino
Costume Designer – Jacki Roach
Casting by Sig De Miguel & Stephen Vincent
Hair by Laynea Roberts
Make-up by Brenda Bush
Additional Music by Andre Anjos