People

Jeremy Coon (Executive Producer)

Jeremy Coon produced and edited Napoleon Dynamite. Napoleon premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures and released the following summer; it became one of the most profitable and culturally impactful indie films in history.

In 2006, Jeremy produced and edited The Sasquatch Gang, a teen comedy he co-produced with Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. Sasquatch won the audience award at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival as well as Best Director (Tim Skousen) and Best Actor (Justin Long) at the 2006 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

Most recently, Jeremy co-directed and produced the feature-length documentary Raiders! which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was released theatrically by Drafthouse Films to rave reviews in June 2016.

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Barry Poltermann (creative director)

Barry is a producer, director, story supervisor and editor, primarily working in documentary. He has edited several acclaimed feature films, including AMERICAN MOVIE (Sundance Grand Prize Winner, 1999), THE POOL (Sundance Jury Prize Winner, 2007), RAIDERS!: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE (SXSW, 2015), JIM & ANDY – THE GREAT BEYOND (Venice Biennale, 2017, Emmy nominee) and I AM NOT ALONE (Toronto, 2019 Audience Award for documentary at TIFF, DocNYC & AFI Fest); and was the Story Supervisor on WHIRLYBIRD (Sundance, 2020).

He is also the founder and creative director of the documentary editorial collaborative September Club, which has edited or collaborated on projects as diverse as ZEDD: TRUE COLORS (LA Film Festival, 2015); THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP (SXSW, 2017), the Netflix multi-part documentary series THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MADELEINE MCCANN (2019), and BOYS STATE (Sundance Grand Prize Winner, 2020).

Here are some of Barry’s projects as an editor or Story Supervisor.

 

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Dan Didier (post-supervisor)

If you’ve ever heard songs by influential indie band The Promise Ring or his current acclaimed band Maritime, you’ve heard Dan’s music — he was a founding member and drummer for both bands.

Dan’s primary role at September Club is as the Post Production Supervisor, which means that he oversees all editorial projects for the company. So if you’ve ever seen any September Club work, you’ve seen Dan’s editing and storytelling magic at work.

Dan recently produced Don’t Break Down, the story of the seminal punk band Jawbreaker.

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Michael Vollmann (senior editor)

Michael Vollmann is best known for co-editing (with Jeff Gilbert) the 2020 Sundance Grand Prize winning documentary, Boys State for directors Jessie Moss and Amanda McBaine.

His first feature documentary was about the 2014 police shooting of Dontre Hamilton, The Blood is at The Doorstep, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2017.

His next feature release was Red, White and Wasted, a HULU original that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019.

He is currently editing a documentary music feature for LiveNation.

Michael also co-edited the pilot for The Yes Men: Share the Safety for the VICE Network, directed The 414s for CNN Films, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was the editor on ESPN Films 30-for-30 MECCA: The Floor.

Here is some of Michael’s work.

 

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Matt Prekop (senior editor)

Matt recently completed work as a lead editor on the 8-part Netflix series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann which premiered in 2019.

In 2018 he co-edited the pilot for The Yes Men: Share the Safety for the VICE Network and was a contributing editor on the feature documentary Plucked, which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

He is currently editing The Tape — a documentary on the lost tapes from Super Bowl I with producer Jeremy Coon (“Napoleon Dynamite”, “Raiders!“).

Here is some of Matt’s work.

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Erin Elders (editor)

Erin Elders is a director, writer and editor who studied film / video at Columbia College in Chicago, where he helped found the band Maps & Atlases. The band released two EPs, two full length albums, and toured internationally.

Editing and directing music videos and web content for M&A brought Elders back to the world of filmmaking and he left the band in 2014 to pursue that passion full time.

He recently finished work editing his first feature documentary, Don’t Break Down, the story of the seminal emo-punk band, Jawbreaker.

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Manny Marquez (director)

Manny Marquez fell in love with storytelling around the age of 7. A family friend gifted him a subscription to Ranger Rick Magazine, and Manny couldn’t wait for the newest issues to come in the mail. Inspired, he began to write his own Ranger Rick stories.

Soon after, his mother gave him a Fisher Price 110 camera. It wasn’t long before he and his cousins started production on a video series, an attempt to create their own Star Trek spin off.

An Eagle Scout, Manny received a scholarship for a film he made as part of his cinematography merit badge. He soon headed to California to pursue a degree in film writing and directing from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His final project Rudolph Florence premiered on the PBS series Fine Cut and was one of 5 films chosen for the USC Crossroads Film Festival in 2003.

His writing and directing experience helped him become a part of Film Independent’s program, Project Involve. Manny’s mentor was Larry Karaszewski, screenwriter of Ed Wood, Man on the Man, The People vs Larry Flint, and many other screenplays. Manny was honored by the First Americans in the Arts association, and also received the Barbra Boyle Scholarship.

Manny was soon working in the camera department on reality shows as he spent his free time making music videos for his friends bands in the Echo Park and Silverlake area of LA.

The real defining moment of his career came when he decided he was going to make his own documentary, Psychopath. Manny’s uncle, a garbage man that had wanted to be a special effects make-up artist, was taking his life savings and building a haunted house theme park. This led him to meeting Barry Poltermann, who began helping on the post-production of the project.

His recent short film, Operation Allie, played festivals across America after premiering at the prestigious documentary festival, Big Sky.

Manny now lives in Hood River, Oregon with his wife Leigh, and three children. He likes to ride his bike around the Columbia River Gorge, walk the riverbanks with his dog Cima, and enjoys the many breweries around town. He’ll be drinking an IPA.

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Casey Suchan (director)

Casey Suchan directed Rock The Bells, a Warner Brothers documentary on the final performance of hip-hop artists Wu-Tang Clan. Rock The Bells was a Tribecca Premiere and picked up for distribution by Warner Brothers.

Suchan previsously produced a series of best-selling documentaries on Hip Hop culture and history with Quincy (QD3) Jones, III. Thug Angel, the first documentary to explore Tupac Shakur’s life, broke sales records for its distributor, Image Entertainment.

The Freshest Kids has become an underground favorite on the development of East Coast breakdancing, and Beef and its sequel Beef 2, are considered by most Hip Hop fans to be definitive explorations of the MC battle from Kool Moe Dee to 50 Cent.

Beef was certified double platinum and awarded Best Music DVD of the Year by VIBE Magazine.

Casey’s latest feature documentary is about a precedent setting case brought against the activist organization “Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty USA”.

She is currently the lead director on a branded documentary sponsored by WordPress about marketing in the digital age.

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Jack Davidson (director)

Jack Davidson has been directing film and video since 1997.

His work in both the commercial and documentary arenas has taken him all over North America and Europe. Specializing in day-in-the-life storytelling of real people, Jack has an eye for the beauty and humor in the unusual and in the everyday.

His non-commercial works include a documentary currently in production on the acclaimed still photographer Art Shay.

Away from the camera Jack spends his precious free time teaching himself piano and Greeenland kayaking, and hanging out with his son Jasper.

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Erik Ljung (director)

Erik Ljung is a Producer and Director of Photography who has directed / produced / shot content and short documentaries for the New York Times, VICE News, Al Jazeera, PBS and the Wall Street Journal. He is a current Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellow, and is currently working on a documentary on the police shooting of Dontre Hamilton in 2014, titled The Blood is at the Doorstep.

 

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