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“Valley Clouds” Video

From Pitchfork:

Sam Beam of Iron & Wine recently announced that he and singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop are releasing an LP of duets titled Love Letter for Fire. Today, they share the video for “Valley Clouds,” which appears on the album. In the video, directed by Erin Elders, Beam and Hoop bartend while an enthusiastic couple belt karaoke to a less-than-enthusiastic crowd. Love Letter for Fire is out April 15 via Sub Pop.

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Satellite love

(Music Video, MARITIME, 2015)

“Satellite Love” from Maritime’s upcoming album “Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones” available now on Dangerbird Records.


Vice says: “Maritime’s sound is aging beautifully” and “all killer no filler”.

The AV Club gives the album a very strong B+.

And Paste Magazine says Maritime has a “musical identity that’s been evolving on its own for a dozen years, centered on a passionate and skillful songcraft”.

Congratulations to Dan and bandmates Davey von Bohlen, Dan Hinz, and Justin Klug.

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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Once Upon A Time In Nashville

In “ONCE UPON A TIME IN NASHVILLE: THE DEATH OF HANK WILLIAMS” musician Don Helms recounts the death of Hank Williams. It is a short clip of a longer experimental documentary project that Frank Anderson is directing.

Frank and his son Oliver recently launched their new motion graphics company, This Is Mythic. Check out their great work… they also doing the graphics on our upcoming FAST COMPANY documentary about the World’s Fastest Drummers.
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Everyone’s Summer Of ’95

(Music Video, IRON & WINE, 2015)

Celebrated singer-songwriter Iron & Wine has just released a new music video for “Everyone’s Summer Of ’95”, co-directed by September Clubber Erin Elders and featuring our friend David Dastmalchian (“Animals”). It’s an exclusive today on IndieWire.

For over a decade, the prolific Sam Beam has been releasing albums to great acclaim under the moniker Iron & Wine. Carving out a distinct niche, his music falls between indie and folk, but is not contained by the boxes of either genre. And fans of the musician have a lot to look forward to in 2015. In July, he’ll release his next full length, Sing Into Your Mouth, but on store shelves now is Archive Series Volume No. 1. As the title suggests, it’s a crate-digging affair by Beam, who has gone through unreleased home recordings and demos and made them available for the first time. And today we have the exclusive video premiere for “Everyone’s Summer Of ’95”.

Featuring David Dastmalchian, and directed by Erin Elders and Jeff Tomcho, the video is a moody piece set across one night, with a wrestling match at the centre. It pairs nicely with the more sombre shades of Iron & Wine’s song.

A Great Northern Production

Directed by Erin Elders & Jeff Tomcho

Starring David Dastmalchian (“Animals”)

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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(Music Video, MARITIME, 2015)

Happy Milwaukee Day! From Maritime

From The Milwaukee Record:

Not including some live Whips covers we put outMaritime hasn’t had a release since 2011’s great Human Hearts. The veteran indie rock band’s forthcoming record is currently in the mixing stage, but as yet another Milwaukee Day miracle, Maritime—a point of local pride in and of itself—wanted to honor the city it loved on 4/14 with a new music video for a previously unreleased song.

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Mondo Lucha!

(Documentary Short, 2014)

MONDO LUCHA! is a colorful rogue’s gallery of High Flyin’ Lucha Libre wrestlers, national touring burlesque acts, an array of sideshow performers and Milwaukee musical guests that have included Maritime, The Uptown Savages, Kid Millions, Clownvis Presley and The Scarring Party. The brainchild of Andy Gorzalski and his partner in crime, Jay Gilkay.
Directed by Sam Macon
Edited by Alex Youngen
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The Pinery Boy

(Music Video, THE EMPERORS OF WYOMING, 2014)

Emperors Of Wyoming boasts a seamless melding of American roots music country-and-western, bluegrass and folk bridging new and old. Cutting edge technology is used to record mainly venerable acoustic instruments. The mix of rootsy styles is spiced with subtle hints of spaghetti western, surf-music, hard rock and pop-rock into a distinctive and original sound.

The Emperors are Butch Vig, Phil Davis, Frank Anderson and Peter Anderson

Directed and Animated by Frank Anderson (The Life of Reilly).

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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Before You

(Short Documentary, 2013)

A spirit of Malickian wonder permeates this poignant and lyrical tribute to the stories that parents pass onto their children. This is a very personal, poetic documentary.

Directed and edited by Michael Vollmann.

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To See What You Can Do

(Documentary Short, 2013)

Nicole is racing in the infamous Riverwest 24 bike race, an epic endurance test that runs on the edgier side of urban sports. Will she make it to the end? Or will she at least beat years disappointing performance? Spend the night with Nicole riding through Milwaukee’s Riverwest area.

Dear MKE is a video series produced for the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in order to boost the city’s image, dispel old perceptions and draw talent, businesses and visitors. The Riverwest 24 is the third film in the series.

The Riverwest 24 is like no other cycling event on earth. First, it’s an annual bike race that goes 24 hours straight. Second, there are various bonus events that racers can take on to earn bonus laps, including hopping on a slip n slide or getting a tattoo. And lastly, the whole event features a fun, supportive, festival-like environment, ending with a well-deserved celebration for all involved.

Director: Jack Davidson

Editor: Michael Vollmann

Executive Producer: Ryan Dembroski

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I’m Not Waiting Any More

(Music Video, FIELD REPORT, 2014)

When he’s not directing documentaries, Manny Marquez moonlights as a music video director. We edited this piece for “The Field Report”.

Director: Manny Marquez
Producer: Patrick Buckley
Cinematography: Joseph Picciolo
Editor: Michael Vollmann
Production Company: Purple Onion 

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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The Avalanche Girl

(Music Video, THE EMPERORS OF WYOMING, 2012)

Folk Rock group The Emperors of Wyoming perform Avalanche Girl from their debut album on the Proper UK label. Featuring Butch Vig, Frank Anderson, Peter Anderson and Phil Davis.

Directed and Animated by Frank Anderson

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(Music Video, MARITIME, 2011)

We braved the worst snow storm in recorded history to film this music video for our fearless leader of post-production Dan Didier’s band, Maritime. The result — the official music video for “Paraphernalia” from Maritime’s fourth album “Human Hearts.”

A September Club Project

Directed & Edited by Barry Poltermann

Filmed by Ryan Dembroski, Rob Schoonover & Barry Poltermann

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Video Killed the Radio Star

(Music Video, ANAIS CROSE, 2010)

From Manny Marquez… a cover of The Buggles song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by French songstress, Anaïs Croze.
Anaïs Croze is also a member of the excellent band Nouvelle Vague. Shot in Echo Park, CA on my Arri BL 16mm camera, and an Angenieux 12-120 zoom.

Directed by Manny Marquez
Cinematography by Rod Hassler
Edited by Alfredo Ritta

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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(Music Performance, LITTLE JOY, 2010)

Commissioned by Rough Trade Records to make something relaxed and intimate, Manny Marquez shot and edited this video for Little Joy in an old cabin in Echo Park, CA. It was set back in the woods between Sunset Blvd. and the 5 Freeway, along with a few other small bungalos just like it. It may have been a church camp at one time.

Co-Directed and Shot by Manny Marquez & Jayson Moyer
Audio Recorded and Engineered by Bryan Brown

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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Modus Operandi

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Frankie Latina and Danny Trejo at CineVegas

A lot of us here at the September Club helped director Frankie Latina produce the dedicated cult opus “Modus Operandi”. It just premiered at CineVegas 2009

Two briefcases with mysterious contents are stolen from top Presidential candidate Squire Parks, setting off a deadly series of double-crosses and betrayals. The film stars Randy Russell, American Movie‘s Mark BorchardtReservoir Dogs‘ Michael Sottile, our own Barry Poltermann (as Casey Thunderbird) and screen legend Danny Trejo. The film has also screened at the American Film Institute and the IFC.

Roger Ebert says:

It’s not enough to like such films because they’re “so bad they’re good.” You need to specialize, and like the films because they’re so good about being so bad they’re good. “Modus Operandi,” a film by Frankie Latina that has won praise on the midnight movie festival circuit, is such a film.

Yes, it has babes in bikinis. Yes, it has a “plot” about spies and assassins. Yes, it’s filmed in Cheapo-Color which is used interchangeably with black and white. Yes, it has scenes set in “Siberia, Russia” and “Tokyo, Japan.” But what makes it special is that it was mostly filmed in Milwaukee, and one of its stars is Mark Borchardt, who you may recall as the subject of the great documentary “American Movie.” That was about the making of his own bargain-basement horror film, “Coven,” which a British actor informed him he was mispronouncing.

If you have paid those dues, there is a special pleasure to be had in “Modus Operandi” sequences like this one: The evil Dallas Deacon (Borchardt), apparently wearing the same glasses he wore in the doc 10 years ago, is being chased in b&w across an open field by a helicopter, in homage to “North by Northwest.” He runs and runs and runs, and then disappears into some trees that didn’t exist in the previous shots. The (unseen) pilot shouts, “We lost him down by the river!” Cut to high quality new color footage of some ducks floating past, but no Borchardt. Cut to unmatched Cheapo-Color footage of three babes in bikinis, feet astride, standing menacingly on the prow of a speedboat on a lake, not a river. One babe means business. A second babe unties the top of the first babe’s bikini and she dives in the water — because, of course, she is unable to swim while wearing the top. Cut to Borchardt wading into the (river? lake?) fully clothed.

Do you understand why I enjoyed “Modus Oprandi?” You don’t. Millions agree with you. The film, now at Facets Cinematheque, is touring the nation in search of those like Quentin Tarantino and John Waters who would stay planted in their seats and watch it a second time.

Often the satire is embedded in the very arrangement of the characters. Know the crime movie cliché in which an evil boss sits enthroned in a restaurant, flanked by hit-men and babes? Here they are obviously in the seating area of a Chinese restaurant’s waiting room. Know how the bad guy shouts commands in a phone while his babes make out with each other? Here his headquarters is obviously a bench on the balcony of a hotel. His phone is a pastel 1970s desk model. Know how bad guys give orders to those around them? In one shot here, they’re lined up parallel, so they have to look sideways to talk.

The plot involves… two briefcases, I guess. Who cares? They were stolen from a U.S. Presidential candidate. The briefcases are brought up by a scuba diver through a hole in the ice of a frozen lake in “Siberia, Russia.” The ice hole is seen being created in unmatching footage pretty obviously of ice fishermen — in “Wisconsin,” is my guess. Only CIA agent Stanley Cashay (Randy Russell) can find the briefcases. When we meet him, he’s passed out with his head resting in a tavern urinal, with unfortunate results. At one point the search for them involves a mission to fly to “Tokyo, Japan” to shove a letter under the door of the mysterious Black Licorice (Nikki Johnson), who invariably wears huge 1970s sunglasses, even at night or while receiving a massage. Pay close attention to the footage incorporating Black Licorice in shots of crowds crossing a street in Tokyo.

I dunno who’s still reading. You know who you are. If the film doesn’t sound unique enough, reflect that it’s one of the few in its genre to incorporate (1) a full-screen quote by Alexander Dumas, and (2) a walking-down-the-street shot in homage to “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” and (3) a tavern still using a Blatz Beer sign. The Dumas quote doesn’t make clear if it was said by pere or fils, but you can’t have everything.

–Roger Ebert

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You Don’t Know Her Name

(Music Video, MAPS, 2007)

A lonely garage inventor builds a seven-foot, banruku style puppet, and then takes it to a town dance competition, in this music video for the UK based band, Maps.

Shot in Wisconsin at the Historic Mill in Cedarburg, an art studio in Milwaukee’s Riverwest, and the Chandelier Ballroom in Hartford, the video and stars Didier Leplae (composer on The Pool) as the inventor who single-handedly builds a masterpiece.


Production Company: Purple Onion

Directed by Toben Seymore

Executive Producer: Andy Gorzalski

Producer: Justin Benoliel

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Ryan Dembroski as the Master of Ceremonies

The video also features Ryan Dembroski as the rather creepy, tuxedo clad Master of Ceremonies and Milwaukee Dancing Sensations Myke and Debbi.

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

BONUS TRACK: For more Myke and Debbi, see this video we did several years ago, filmed by Frank Anderson and David Dahlman.


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Making “The Life of Reilly”

(“Making of” Featurette, 2005)

In the fall of 2004 we spent one incredible week with the iconic television and stage star, Charles Nelson Reilly, shooting his stage show (which would later be released as “The Life of Reilly”. This series of short documentaries, shot by the September Club’s David Dahlman, and edited by our team, would capture that week. These pieces were later released on the DVD of The Life of Reilly in 2008.

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Hubbard Street

(Documentary Series Pitch, Un-produced Project, 2005)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is among the most original forces in contemporary dance. As one of the only professional dance companies to perform year-round, Hubbard Street is continually touring nationwide and internationally. This is a brief glimpse into their life and culture.

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The Starting Eleven

(Fundraising Trailer, 2005)

Director Adrian Selkowitz spent months on his parents couch in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania throughout the High School soccer season 2005 documenting a dramatic season of the Central Dauphin Boy’s soccer team. The film was never finished, and all that remains is this promotional trailer.


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Enemy of the Stars

(Short Film, 2004)

Mock trailer for a non-existent french new wave film. Directed by Wrye Martin, filmed by Mike Welckle, edited by Barry Poltermann. Circa 2002-ish. We never did anything with this except use it for the reel. It’s stuck in our memory though!

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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The Making of ASWANG

(“Making of” Featurette, 2003)

Our friends at Mondo Macabro made this half hour documentary for the DVD release of Aswang.


It seemed like the perfect solution to an unwanted pregnancy. Marry the heir to a wealthy estate, deceive his dying mother, give them the baby when it’s born. Things are never as easy as they seem . . . when your new family has a taste for the blood of the unborn. The Filipino legend of the Aswang is transplanted to the north woods of America in this stylish horror film. “A dedicated, chilling, horror film” – Sundance Film Festival “My kinda flick . . . Three Stars . . . Check it out” – Joe Bob Briggs “Conveys terror through nuance and detail as well as selective splatter moments. If you only see one mutant baby movie this year, we strongly suggest you opt for Aswang” – New York Daily News


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Wowsville (Milk Powder)

(Mock Commercial, 2001)

Powder milk is very good for you. Frank Anderson shot this spot with aged, baked film stock on very old 16mm and 8mm cameras. Another Purple Onion production.


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(Music Video, THE RIPTONES, 2001)

Released in support of the Bloodshot Records realease “Buckshot”.

By Frank Anderson.

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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Sunflower Cable

(Documentary Short, 1996, Premiere IFC Channel)

Sunflower Cablevision was profiled in this piece from John Pierson’s Split Screen which debuted as part of episode #2, first broadcast in 1996.

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The Real Fargo

(Documentary Short, 1996, Premiere IFC Channel)

In 1996 we made our first short documentary, when we were asked by John Pierson to do a piece for the pilot episode of IFC’s SPLIT SCREEN. First broadcast on the fledgling network in 1997, Minnesotan Wrye Martin directs this investigation of Brainerd, Minnesota, home of Paul Bunyan and immortalized by the Coen Brothers. Edited by our own Barry Poltermann, the piece was directed by Wrye Martin. Producer Elizabeth Keljik. Camera Tom Matre, Joe Slagerman. Co-Produced by Purple Onion Productions (MKE) and Wilson Griak Productions (MN), for Grainy Pictures. “Fargo” clips courtesy of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.

This is the first piece we did for Split Screen, but it wasn’t the last. 

A Purple Onion / Wilson Griak Production

Produced by Wrye Martin & Barry Poltermann

Directed by Wrye Martin

Edited by Barry Poltermann


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What’s In Those Eyes

(Music Video, SPANIC BOYS, 1994)

This one goes way back to ’94 from the “Spanic Family Album”. All of the old footage is from original home movies.You can see Tom Spanic at 10 years old with his first electric guitar – a 1956 Blonde Stratocaster that he got for his birthday that year.

Director: Frank Anderson

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(Dramatic Feature, 1994, Premiere SUNDANCE)

On Friday, January 21, 1994 at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Aswang premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight Movie section. Shot on 16mm in the fall of 1992, it was a tongue in cheek cult horror film about a family of Filipino vampires who feed on the unborn.

After a swing through the midnight movie film festival circuit, Aswang was picked by Prism Pictures for a video relase. Prism cut it for an “R” rating and re-titled it The Unearthing. At the time of its release, Aswang was mostly ignored by mainstream critics, but was praised by cult critics such as Joe Bob Briggs and Phantom of the Movies’ Videoscope, who wrote that “The Unearthing is an exercise in extreme claustrophobia and disorientation… the creepiest film I’ve seen since Guillermo Del Toro’s Cronos“. And our favorite quote came from the NY Daily News: “If you only see one mutant baby movie this year, we strongly suggest you opt for The Unearthing

By the early 2000’s, the otherwise largely forgotten Aswang had begun to garner a cult following. In 2003 British distributor Mondo Macabro released a ten-year anniversary DVD of Aswang uncut and under its original title. The reviews were good. Film Threat – which hadn’t noticed the movie upon it’s initial release — praised the uncut release as “completely loaded to the teeth with nerve-wracking suspense, an atmosphere of sheer dread, stomach turning gore and just a dash of black humor. Aswang is a very effective and nightmarish film that deserves far more attention than it has garnered over the past 11 years”.

By 2008 Aswang was featured in the Fangoria book “101 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen”, helping cement it’s stature as an obscure but enduring cinematic oddity.

A Purple Onion Production

Produced, Written & Directed by Wrye Martin & Barry Poltermann

Executive Producers Steve Farr, David Dahlman, Frank Anderson & John Biesack

Edited by Barry Poltermann

Story by Frank Anderson

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21st Century Digital Boy

(Music Video, BAD RELIGION, 1991)

Shot by Wrye Martin on the 1991 European world tour of Bad Religion by Wrye Martin on an SVHS camera and a Bolex.

Edited by Barry Poltermann

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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Strange World

(Music Video, THE SPANIC BOYS, 1991)

The first Spanic Boys video was done by Purple Onion in 1991, and made it to MTV and CMT. Matching ’59 Caddies, houses and dogs. Featuring Lori Minetti who later went on to become the Wisconsin Lottery Hostess and her twin sister Lisa. What can I say, it was the early 90’s!

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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(Music Video, THE MIDWESTERNERS, 1991)

Steve “Buck” Farr directed this music vid for our friends The Midwesterners. Chris Barry shot it. 16mm film. Bad flicker but it kind of adds to it. No Budget!!!

And here’s some “Behind-The-Scenes” footage.

For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

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When I Belong To You

(Music Video, SIGRID, 1991)

Wow. Just Wow. John Biesack directed this piece we did for our friend Butch Vig (of GARBAGE and NIRVANA fame). The guys from GARBAGE produced it. John Waters has nothing on this one. Wrye Martin shot. Featuring the notorious Mr. Nude America, the late great Dick Bacon. Seriously.

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Dead Roo

(Music Video, COSMIC PSYCHOS, 1991)

Some say that Kurt Cobain’s favorite band was the Cosmic Psychos (he was often spotted wearing one of their tour shirts). Butch Vig produced this one and we shot it one drunken day. The guys from Mudhoney were hanging out on set. A fun, amazing day making an awesomely stupid video for an awesomely stupid song. 1991.

And here’s some “Behind the Scenes” footage from the shoot:

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Viva Las Vegas

(Music Video, CALL ME BWANA, 1991)

The first music video we ever did. May, 1991.

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