February 6, 2019

West Palm Beach filmmaker John Koterba with Lightning Videos contributed to Netflix’s new Jack Black film titled The Polka King, a comedy about the real-life rise and fall of Polish-born Jan Lewan. Lewan immigrated to America where he enjoyed success in music and business before he was imprisoned for a Ponzi scheme. Koterba provided personal videos and photographs of Lewan, his friend for more than 30 years, first covering Lewan’s group tours abroad and then filming his concerts and personal life. The creators used Koterba’s material to create sets while Black studied them to mimic Lewan’s accent and demeanor. Koterba was also delighted to discover Wallace Wolodarsky, the film’s co-director and co-writer, and plays him in the movie. The film is streaming on Netflix. See more at


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