KEVIN ASCH develops and produces projects through his Lookbook Films production company, including Asch’s feature directorial debut, Holy Rollers. Inspired by real events, Holy Rollers tells the story of a young Hasidic Jew (Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg) swept into the
world of drug smuggling. The film premiered in dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, was released in North America to critical acclaim and played in theaters worldwide throughout 2011. For this debut, Asch won Breakthrough Director at the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards and Most Promising New Director at the 2010 Deauville American Film Festival.
Previously, Asch wrote, directed and produced the short film Characters. He also produced the feature Point&Shoot, which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
Asch began his professional career in the mid-1990s at the New York-based indie studio the Shooting Gallery, where he was involved in the production and distribution of more than 30 independent films.
In 1998 Asch received a B.A. in directing from New York City’s School of Visual Arts.
Lookbook Films has two projects in development for Asch to direct. These include Carte Blanche, a dramatic thriller in the nightclub world of Miami, and Gold Rush, following estranged brothers on a road trip set against the recent medical marijuana movement.
Asch is attached to direct King’s Highway, for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. This gritty crime drama centers on a former Mossad agent living in New York.
KEVIN ASCH TWITTER: @kevinasch
ANTONIO MACIA has more than 10 years of experience as an independent filmmaker. In 2003 he wrote and co-starred in his first feature, Anne B. Real. This coming-of-age drama won several prizes and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Most recently, he penned the highly acclaimed indie Holy Rollers. Directed by Kevin Asch, this drama tells the story of a young Hasidic Jew swept into the world of drug smuggling. The film’s cast was led by Academy Award®-nominee Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network and premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It also screened at France’s prestigious Deauville Film Festival, received national theatrical distribution and won an IFP Gotham Spirit Award for Breakthrough Film.
Macia has a number of writing projects in the works, including screenplays for some of the film industry’s top producers. These projects include Carte Blanche, a drama set in the nightclub world of Miami, for producer Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment; One Night Only, a drama set in the EDM scene, for Boss Media; and Jackie Ryan, a family drama set in the world of New York City street basketball, for Rick and Julie Yorn of LBI Entertainment.
Another notable screenplay currently in development is King’s Highway, for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. Set in the 1980s, this gritty crime drama centers on a former Mossad agent living in New York. Macia also adapted the book Rough Stone Rolling, the controversial biography of Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith.
The son of Argentine and Chilean immigrants, Macia is a graduate of Middlebury College and a WGA member. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
ANTONIO MACIA TWITTER: @AntonioMacia
MORRIS S. LEVY has produced features, documentaries and shorts. He is the president and founder of New York’s M.E.G.A. Films, a full-service production company that handles properties in all of the entertainment arts including movies, theater and television. His credits include Descent,
with Rosario Dawson, and The Ten, starring Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Paul Rudd and Liev Schreiber, among others.
Levy executive produced the recent documentary Seduced and Abandoned, a primer on how to get a film financed at the Cannes Film Festival. The film featured Alec Baldwin, Ryan Gosling and Jessica Chastain. He also produced Imagine a School… Summerhill, a documentary about an alternative boarding school in Suffolk, England. Levy is currently developing a dramatic feature based on the film, with Abigail Breslin attached to star and acclaimed U.K. director Gillies MacKinnon on board as well.
Previously, Levy produced such films as Kiss Me Again, starring Darrell Hammond and Fred Armisen from “Saturday Night Live,” which made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006; and the short Little Black Dress, starring Rosario Dawson, for Glamour magazine and IFC Films.
M.E.G.A. Films also produced Harold (2007) starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Nikki Blonsky, Spencer Breslin and Ally Sheedy; and A Novel Romance (2012), starring Steve Guttenberg. The company has six features in development including Undefeated: The Rocky Marciano Story, and is now making its first foray into television with a pilot called “Cop Show,” staring Colin Quinn and Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld and Levy are producing.
Levy was a principal in Morsly Inc., a ladies sportswear company that designed, manufactured and sold women’s clothing to retailers in the U.S. and Canada. The company was started by Levy’s grandfather in 1929 and was primarily a handkerchief manufacturer at that time. Over the years, Morsly graduated to accessories and sweaters and finally ladies sportswear in all size ranges. The company has a wide range of accounts from JCPenney, Sears and Walmart to Macy’s and Saks, Inc.
Levy partnered with comedian and actor Alan King on a sportswear line that generated over 0 million in sales. Among the brands that his 25-year-old company sells are Bill Blass, ABS and SHAG, Sarah Hughes Athletic Gear. The latter brand is associated with Olympic figure-skating champion Sarah Hughes, Levy’s family friend.
Other business interests include ownership and management of commercial and residential properties in New York City, Long Island, Indianapolis, Massachusetts and Louisiana.
Levy’s philanthropic work includes being the founder and first president of his synagogue Shaare Zion of Great Neck. He was a pioneer in raising funds and managing cleanup of the Mount of Olives cemetery, the second-most holy place in Jerusalem after the Western Wall. The cemetery was badly desecrated before the Six-Day War in 1967.
Levy has also served as journal chairman and dinner chairman for numerous charities. Currently, he has a seat on eight boards for different charitable institutions.
Levy is a supporter and close confidant to the Labor and Kadima parties in Israel, working with Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak Yossi Beilin, Efraim Sneh, Dalia Itzik and others.
Levy founded and is currently in his tenth year of running The Alan King Pro-Am celebrity tennis tournament at the Jersey Shore and Great Neck, N.Y. Past champions Levy has involved in this event for charity include Luke and Murphy Jensen, Ilie Năstase, Pat Cash, Guillermo Vilas, Ken Rosewall, Jimmy Connors, Roy Emerson, Johan Kriek, Andrés Gómez, Peter Fleming and Aaron Krickstein.