Magazine article Screen International

Matisyahu Feature in the Works at Aliwen Entertainment

Magazine article Screen International

Matisyahu Feature in the Works at Aliwen Entertainment

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EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Akoskin's new venture lines up story of Hasidic musician superstar.

Santa Monica-based Aliwen Entertainment has signed Holy Rollers director Kevin Asch to King Without A Crown, based on the story of the Jewish American reggae singer, rapper and beatbox performer Matisyahu.

Aliwen Entertainment founder Lukas Akoskin is producing with Bonnie Timmerman and Jonathan Gray. The project is a collaboration between Aliwen, Bonnie Timmerman Productions and Big Jack Productions.

Tommy Swerdlow, whose screenplay credits include Cool Runnings, wrote the script that recounts key episodes in the life of Matisyahu from the ages of 17 to 27.

The film will chronicle Matisyahu's remarkable transformation from his secular origins as Matthew Miller to becoming a rabbi and Hasidic Jewish rock star. Matisyahu himself is creatively and musically involved in the project.

The producers anticipate an autumn start in New York and Israel and are out to casting for a star capable of portraying a "spiritually transformative one-of-a-kind artist". …

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