Films

Holy Rollers

May 21st 2010
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 89 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckaser, Ari Graynor, Jason Fuchs, Q-Tip, Bern Cohen, Mark Ivanir, Charlie Hewson, Elizabeth Marvel, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Andrew Levitas, Marc Rose, Omer Barnea, Stella Keitel, Eli Gelb, Penny Bittone, Evan Mathew Weinstein, Karina Arroyave, Lou Cantres, Sruli Federman, Alizée Guinochet, Sruli Leider
  • Director: Kevin Asch
  • Writer: Antonio Macia
  • Producers: Danny A. Abeckaser, Jen Gatien, Per Melita, Tory Tunnell
  • Co Producers: Robert Profusek, Ryan Silbert
  • Executive Producers: Kevin Asch, Dave Berlin, Marat Rosenberg
  • Art Direction: Adam Sober
  • Castings: Sig De Miguel, Stephen Vincent
  • Costume Design: Jacki Roach
  • D.O.P.: Ben Kutchins
  • Editor: Suzanne Spangler
  • Makeup: Brenda Bush
  • Music: Mj Mynarski
  • Production Design: Tommaso Ortino
  • Set Decoration: Chris Trujillo

Storyline

"Holy Rollers" is inspired by actual events in the late nineties when Hasidic Jews were recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from Europe into the United States. Sam Gold (Jesse Eisenberg), a young Hasid from an Orthodox Brooklyn community reluctantly follows the path his family has chosen for him, awaiting a pending arranged marriage and studying to become a Rabbi.

A charming neighbor, Yosef Zimmerman (Justin Bartha), senses Sam's resistance and propositions him to transport 'medicine' for Jackie (Danny A. Abeckaser), an Israeli dealer, and his girlfriend, Rachel (Ari Graynor). Sam quickly demonstrates his business skill to his bosses, who instantly take Sam under their wing. Now exposed to the exciting and gritty worlds of Manhattan and Amsterdam nightlife, Sam begins to spiral deeper into their detrimental lifestyle, experimenting with ecstasy and then falling for Rachel.

As the business grows, Sam's double life begins to rip his family apart and the community becomes suspicious of his illegal activities. Sam slowly comes to realize the façade behind the easy money and parties. Caught between life as a smuggler and the path back to God, Sam goes on the run, forced to make a fatal decision that could bring the entire operation crashing down.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Drug content and language throughout, and brief sexual material
  • Production Companies: Deerjen Films, Asch Entertainment, Safehouse Pictures

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