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The Man Who Would Be Polka King: The Trailer

Well lookee here, no sooner does the¬†Underground Film Journal name Altamont Now as Movie of the Year that director Joshua Brown is back already with another film. Embedded above is the trailer for the new documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King, Brown’s co-directional effort with John Mikulak. Watching it makes me think Brown has another major hit on his hands.

This is the true story of Jan Lewan, a Polish emigree to Pennsylvania who built up a major polka empire. Beloved and adored by thousands, Lewan was on his way to becoming the greatest polka star of all time. Unfortunately, at the height of his game, Lewan was rocked by scandals, including insinuations that he rigged the Miss Pennsylvania competition one year so his wife could win. Well, that and allegedly I guess he swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars out of his loyal fans while trying to build a polka empire. At least Lewan got to meet the Pope when he was ridin’ high.

Polka singer Jan Lewan performs in front of a big crowd

Brown, of course, directed Altamont Now, but he also previously directed the documentary 50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can’t Be Wrong. Although I haven’t seen that one yet, Brown obviously knows a thing or two about oddball entertainment figures. Mikulak is a former advertising executive who previously directed the fictional film The Deviants. I haven’t seen that one either. Polka King is Mikulak’s first feature documentary.

Watch the trailer, then visit the film’s official site. The movie looks like a blast.