(Feature Music Documentary, Work in Progress)
The textbook American cult band of the 1980s, the Violent Femmes captured the essence of teen angst with remarkable precision; raw and jittery, the trio’s music found little commercial success but nonetheless emerged as the soundtrack for the lives of troubled adolescents the world over. The group formed in the early ’80s, and comprised singer/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and percussionist Victor DeLorenzo.
After being discovered by the Pretenders’ James Honeyman-Scott, the Violent Femmes signed to Slash and issued their self-titled 1983 debut, a melodic folk-punk collection which struck an obvious chord with young listeners who felt a strong connection to bitter, frustrated songs like “Blister in the Sun,” “Kiss Off,” and “Add It Up.” The album remained a rite of passage for succeeding generations of teen outsiders, and after close to a decade in release, it finally achieved platinum status.
“American Music” is a warts-and-all exploration of the bands history, including all the of music and the turmoil. For instance, Gordon Gano and bassist Brian Ritchie have navigated lawsuits over the use of their iconic punk masterpiece, “Blister In the Sun”, after Gano licensed the song for use in a Wendy’s TV commercial. Other infighting has also plagued the band in recent years, including the departure of original drummer Victor DeLorenzo not once, but twice.
From idealistic youth to extended layoff, the Violent Femmes have navigated some significant obstacles along the way to alternative rock icons. “American Music” will take us through it all.
Directed by Tim Irwin
Produced by Jeremy Coon
Edited by Barry Poltermann
(Documentary Short, 2016, Big Sky Film Fest)
Anthony Marquez, a former Marine and military dog handler, has returned from Afghanistan. He lost 17 friends in the war, and has been suffering from the effects of PTSD. When he finds out that the dog that he went through the war with, Allie, is being retired from the Marine Corp, he sets out to adopt her.
Currently on the festival circuit.
Director: Manny Marquez
Editor: Matt Prekop
Executive Producer: Ryan Dembroski
Story Supervisor: Michael Vollmann
Denis Henry Hennelly has directed three feature films – Rock The Bells (Warner Home Video), Bold Native, and Goodbye World (Samuel Goldwyn Films).
The critically acclaimed documentary Rock The Bells premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and earned comparisons to Gimme Shelter and Woodstock. Premiere called it “outright exhilarating,” and The Village Voice hailed it as “a nerve-racking knockout of a film.”
Bold Native, the first fiction film about the Animal Liberation Front, was self-distributed through dozens of sold-out event screenings and via digital platforms. Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons, who hosted the NYC premiere, called it “Creative, fun, and impassioned… I was blown away.”
Goodbye World (starring Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffmann, Ben McKenzie, Kid Cudi, Kerry Bishé, Caroline Dhavernas, and Mark Webber) tells the story of a group of estranged friends reuniting as civilization collapses and received praise for its character development and unique story. Screen International said Goodbye World “wears its heart on its sleeve, is engagingly performed, beautifully shot and always absorbing.” Twitchfilm called it “one of the most entertaining indies of the year” and Film Pulse called it “the most charming catastrophe film in theaters right now.”
Chris James Thompson is an award-winning director whose first feature film The Jeffrey Dahmer Files premiered in competition at the SXSW Film Festival (2012), became a New York Times Critics Pick, and was acquired by IFC for distribution.
He also recently completed a short documentary MECCA, which was released by EPSN as part of their ’30-for-30′ series and is currently in post-production on his latest documentary, “A Guantanamo Bay Story”, coming soon.
His credits also include work on the films: The Pool (Winner-Sundance Film Festival 2007), Collapse (Toronto International Film Festival 2009) and Suffering & Smiling (Winner-Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2006). Chris also made The Making of the Pool in 2007.
Tim Irwin grew up on skateboarding and punk rock. It was a video production class in high school that first put a camera in his hands and he began shooting his friends skateboarding and making documentaries about his friends bands. That’s where it began and he hasn’t stopped pointing his camera at things since.
Tim attended BYU where he studied sociology with a minor in film. At the time there was no documentary curriculum in the film department so Tim made his own by majoring in sociology and talking his professors into letting him make documentaries instead of writing research papers.
After college, Tim cut his teeth in the professional world by editing several award winning action sports documentaries on professional athletes. This led to shooting and directing several more actions sports films.
In 2005 Tim finished directing the seminal punk rock documentary “We Jam Econo” about San Pedro punk band The Minutemen. The Film played in 90 theaters world wide, and had it’s television premiere on the Sundance Channel.
Since then Tim has been consistently booked as a DP or Director for clients such as Fuel TV, Paramount Pictures, Fox Sports, Rogue Fitness, Sports Illustrated, Johnson and Johnson, and Oakley Sunglasses. Tim has spent the last 10 years traveling the globe shooting and directing commercials, tv shows, documentaries and corporate branding and marketing spots.
He recently finished shooting on a feature length documentary on the band Jawbreaker, Don’t Break Down, which is in post-production.
Most recently, Murphy co-directed and produced Kingdom Come, a documentary film that chronicles aspiring filmmaker Daniel Gillies’ quest to make his first feature. The doc features such independent film and Hollywood icons as Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Edward Burns, Selma Blair, Seth Green, Nicole Holofcener, Robert Townsend, and Bruce Campbell. Kingdom Come is currently running on Showtime and can be found on iTunes, Vudu, and all the usual digital platforms.
Previously, Murphy produced and directed Moonshine To The Finish Line, a documentary telling the story of how Southern whiskey bootleggers turned backwoods racing into the billion dollar industry we now know as NASCAR. The film premiered at The Palm Beach International Film Festival and features such legends of the sport as Junior Johnson and Bobby Allison.
Murphy was also a producer on critically acclaimed documentaries Rock The Bells and The Life Of Reilly, as well as serving as lead producer on narrative drama Broken Kingdom, starring Daniel Gillies, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Academy Award nominee Seymour Cassel.
Dave grew up loving the Harold Lloyd slapstick comedies. “Daring, ridiculous, and funny… but enough about me,” he jokes. “Lloyd was very simple, and very inventive, and I think that’s the essence of effective communication and storytelling.”
Dave has also directed and shot some of his own documentaries (including “The Making of ‘The Life of Reilly'”, and that experience gave him the belief that the format would succeed in any medium.
Before AboutFace, Dave was president of a commercial production company, Purple Onion, and prior to that went to the University Of Wisconsin – Madison, as he says, “for basic life lessons… which means not counting too much on what you learn in college.”
A fine arts graduate of the University of Vermont, Turner has grown into a successful film producer with critically acclaimed credits.
Out of college, he was hired as receptionist for October Films in New York City and spent much of his time reading movie treatments and learning what makes a good script. In a few years, he was executive of acquisition and development.
He would soon move on to United Artists, a subsidiary of MGM, where he sought U.S., North American or international distribution rights for film projects as well has helped develop, produce and market films. One of his earliest production successes was Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, starring Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro. Another key acquisition was Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine.
Jack then was a founding partner of White Buffalo Entertainment, through which he has produced Racing Dreams. He most recently became a partner in boutique financing entity, The Zoo, and produced the 2012 Sundance Documentary Competition film Me @ The Zoo.
Turner first worked with September Club on the documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, directed by director Chris James Thompson, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was realeased by IFC.
Jack is head of scripted series for Matador Content, a New York City company that develops documentaries & television programming.
Beginning his career as a production assistant on “American Movie”, Pat has since produced hundreds of television commercials and long format works for clients like Nike, Miller Brewing, Thule, Wilson Sports, Under Armour, Firestone, and Trek Bicycle among others. He has worked with and for production companies like @radical media, the Director’s Bureau, Propaganda Films, and Base Productions Hong Kong. Pat also co-directed the documentaries “William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet” and the September Club project — “The Making of The Pool”.
Starting at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ryan was planning to be a doctor. Until he got to Organic Chemistry.
“On the first day of class, they had a quiz,” Ryan recalls. “I sat there looking at questions about all of the things I was supposed to remember about Chem. 103 and 104 and decided I just wasn’t interested anymore.”
So Ryan walked up to the professor and turned in a mostly blank half sheet of paper saying, “Sorry, I’m not sure that this is for me.”
She replied something snarky like, “Have fun being an artist.”
A few years later, just after graduating, Ryan was in a performance of the play Loose Ends. That same professor was in the audience watching. “I hope she enjoyed the performance,” Ryan laughs.
Ryan ended up with a double-major in Theatre And Drama (Acting Specialist) and Communication Arts (Radio, TV, and Film). He then went on to work his way up the production ladder on film, TV, and commercial sets all over the Midwest – production assistant all the way up to producer.
“I was a theatre nerd in high school, and learning to craft stories both in front of and behind the camera in college,” he says. “So I think even from when I was a kid enamored of Top Gun, storytelling was always in my blood.”
Steve began his career as an agency art director. He then worked various positions on the AICP from gripping to art department, finally settling on producing. For the past two decades, Steve has brought his attention to detail and can-do spirit to hundreds of productions. He listens and engages, priding himself on being prepared and having the right answers. He’s also a strong creative type with inventive ideas that improve the creative while respecting the budget. His current side-project is overseeing production on a documentary about acclaimed photojournalist Art Shay. Steve enjoys cycling, English Premier League soccer, attending film festivals and traveling with his wife and two teenage daughters. He can also quote most of the movie Fletch.
This just in — Manny reports in that the first Skype call with Henry and Don — two original “Apocalypse Now” cast members — went great. This is a screen snap from the call that ended only minutes ago. He reports that we have some cool stuff lined up!
And here’s a screen shot of Don from a scene in “Apocalypse Now”.
Manny is leaving in early April for a two week trip to the Philippines to start working on After the Apocalypse. Stay tuned.
Chef Coleman demonstrates how to prepare a whole meal at one time, in one oven, using Wolf’s dual convection system.
Your kitchen is where life happens. Where you share food, drink, conversations and confessions with the people you love. Why not make your kitchen the best it can be?
Learn the features and benefits of using Wolf cooking appliances through this fun, engaging and informative series of cooking videos.
Owning Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances assures that your food will always stay as fresh and flavorful as possible, and you’ll have the most precise, professional-grade instruments to cook it with, for delicious results every time – and a lifetime of moments worth savoring.
While other brands divide their attention among everything from trash compactors to vacuum cleaners, Sub-Zero and Wolf remain committed to refining and mastering their specialties: the world’s finest refrigeration and cooking appliances.
It’s June of 2015 and Kent Schoonover is enjoying his retirement and his new career as a private investigator. He gets a call from Justin Landry saying, “We’re reopening the Zera case. Can you come in and help us with a few things?”
Schoonover’s biggest regret in retiring from the police force was not solving the 1976 murder of teen, John Zera. Jonny disappeared from Franklin High School on February 20th, 1976. He was 14. His nude, badly beaten body was found lying face down in the mud 8 days later. His brutal murder has remained unsolved ever since.
Schoonover gets one last shot at solving the unsolvable cold case, and it would soon be consuming his life. Over the next few months, the team begins to start over from scratch on the whole case. They interview past leads and witnesses, they retest all the evidence using new DNA standards, and they relook at that old list of over one hundred suspects.
The documentary will follow the past and current investigation, and we will get a front row seat to the investigative process.
A September Club Production
After Maria Hamilton’s son, Dontre, was shot 14 times by a Milwaukee Police Officer, she set out to make a difference for Mother’s who have experienced similar tragedy. In November of 2014, she organized the first Mother’s For Justice meeting with other mothers who have lost their loved ones to officer related deaths. In March of 2015 she took her cause to a national level by organizing the Million Mom’s March in Washington D.C. to raise awareness about their cases and demand widespread policy changes from the federal government.
Director/Producer: Erik Ljung
Editor: Michael Vollmann
(Feature Biographical Documentary)
Art Shay flew more than fifty combat missions during World War II, where he photographed the war as a hobby under the command of his commander, actor Jimmy Stewart. When he returned home he began working as a photojournalist for Life Magazine, and eventually became a ‘go to’ photographer for Sports Illustrated, Time, The New York Times Magazine and just about every other journalistic magazine then in existence.
By the early sixties, Shay had become one of American’s most renowned photo-journalists during the heyday of the print magazine. He documented just about every celebrity and important national event of the 50’s and 60’s, from Marlon Brando at home with his dog to the ’68 Democratic national convention.
But his most acclaimed work would be found not through his ZELIG-like career with the magazines of the day, but instead through his passion for photographing his home city of Chicago with gritty street photography, working closely with his close friend, the writer Nelson Algren, to bring to light the darker side of life.
As his career skyrocketed and his stature grew, he was away from home more and more, eventually becoming distanced from his family and his beloved wife, Florence. And then, in an unexpected strike of personal family tragedy, he was broken — his career essentially over.
But where is 91-year-old Shay now?
As his health declines and he comes to terms with the recent loss of his soul mate, Florence, we follow Art as his reputation is restored through an unexpected wave of rediscovery by the art world. Today, with his photography finding it’s way onto the walls of renowned collectors and museums such as the National Portrait Gallery, we meet a wise, funny and philosophical storyteller, who gives us a uniquely personal photographic journey through the middle of the twentieth century.
A September Club Production
Directors: Jack Davidson & Ken Hanson
Producer: Steve Roeder
Editor: Dave Myszewski
Story Editor: Barry Poltermann
Jonny began as a writer for IndieWire and later began making films, first as an Associate Producer on the Tribeca award-winner Oxyana and on the recent SXSW hit Tchoupitoulas, just released by Oscilloscope. He later Produced Tom Noonan’s The Shape of Something Squashed, and worked as Executive Producer on Jonathan Caouette’s The Tic and The Toc.
His first feature film as a Director, Sky Line, recently premiered at the DocNYC Film Festival and was released by FilmBuff.
Jonny is also an Executive Board Member of the esteemed Paradise Factory in NYC, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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.