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Animals Trailer Launches

animalsThe trailer for ANIMALS dropped today, and The Dissolve says:

The first trailer for Animals makes it pretty clear why the film struck such a chord with the SXSW audience. It’s not over-the-top, melodramatic, or cheap, and despite a short runtime—less than two minutes—it delivers the maximum of emotion and story. It’s a good trailer, but it looks like it’s advertising an even better film.

 

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RAIDERS! Premieres At SXSW

Raiders!Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s documentary “Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made” premiered this week at SXSW. We edited “Raiders!” here at September Club… with our own Barry Poltermann taking the lead.

IndieWire: Raiders! is an exhilarating documentary for anybody who has dreamed big.

SlashFilm: It’s a beautiful, inspiring story told with a ton of excitement and context. Plus, in the end, you realize this isn’t just about making movies. It’s about the struggle and accomplishment of fulfilling your dreams.

Variety: Often poignant, occasionally pathetic, but never short of entertaining, “Raiders!” captures the obsessive hold movies have on young people’s imaginations…

Congratulations to the whole team!

More on the film at its official site.

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CNN Acquires The 414s

the414s_poster_epkCNN has acquired “The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers” out of Sundance. The short documentary was directed by Michael Vollmann (our Senior Editor) and produced by Chris James Thompson (“The Jeffrey Dammer Files”, “MECCA: The Floor”)… one of our most prolific directors.

From Filmmaker Magazine.

The documentary will lead off a new CNN initiative – a short-form series. More info at Deadline.

Congratulations to Michael, producer Chris, and the entire 414s team!

UPDATE: You can watch the film on CNN here.

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Hacker Documentary The 414s Premieres At Sundance

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Left to Right: Director Michael T. Vollmann, Sundance Short Film Programmer Mike Plante, and Producer Chris James Thompson. (Photo: Smarthouse Creative)

September Club director Chris James Thompson and Head Editor Michael T. Vollmann‘s newest short documentary, “The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers”, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

The film, directed by Vollmann and produced by Thompson, examines the first widely recognized computer hackers, a group of Milwaukee teenagers who broke into dozens of prominent computer systems including the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1983, and inspired the term “hacker.”

Congratulations to Vollmann, Thompson, and the entire team that worked on The 414s!

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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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ESPN 30 For 30 Shorts Wins Emmy Award

Screen-shot-2014-08-18-at-2.32.14-PMWe are excited to see that ESPN’s 30 For 30 Shorts won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Non-Fiction Program. We contributed to the series with Chris James Thompson and Michael Vollmann‘s “MECCA: The Floor

30 for 30 Shorts was nominated alongside other popular programs “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee,” “COSMOS: A National Geographic Deeper Dive,” “I Was There: Boston Marathon Bombings,” “Jay Leno’s Garage” and “Park Bench With Steve Buscemi.”

Dan Silver, who oversees the series for ESPN, said this of the series after the win:

We started this series with a very simple, but ambitious goal: “How can we make, distribute, and monetize cinematic quality short-form content that is platform agnostic?” Meaning, these aren’t just pieces that live on the web, but rather, across all of ESPN’s outlets – web, TV, social, etc. So the reason why I’m so ecstatic about this win is that it’s a validation of the hard work and collaboration of many different people, from many departments across our company, essentially creating something from nothing.

Check out some of the series’ other great films at ESPN.

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Work Begins on ‘Operation Allie’

53d7a25920b02.imageManny Marquez is making a short film about his brother, and the dog, Allie, that he patrolled with in Afghanistan from April to October in 2011. For now we are calling it ‘Operation Allie.’

Manny’s brother recently adopted the dog, who has been released from it’s military service. Manny traveled to North Carolina with his brother, his mother, Kellie Marquez, his brothers Anthony and Alexander Marquez — a true family affair.

Shortly after landing in Tulsa, Kellie Marquez put the journey in perspective.

“It was incredible, it really was,” she said. “This has been one of the most enjoyable 20 hours I’ve spent in my life.

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Happy 35th Birthday, Manny

Happy birthday to the amazing Manny Marquez. From all of us at September Club.

Courtesy of Michael Vollmann.

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September Club’s New ESPN 30 for 30 Short

In the newest ESPN 30 for 30 short “MECCA: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous” filmmaker Chris James Thompson has captured a unique, however unlikely, piece of Milwaukee sports and art history lore. The Mecca Arena, as it was once called, (now the U.S. Cellular Arena) was home to the Milwaukee Bucks (1970 – 88) and the Marquette Warriors (now the Marquette Golden Eagles) basketball teams as well as a venue for other events.

In 1977, the worse-for-wear arena floor was replaced, but it would be no ordinary basketball court because it just so happened that renowned Pop artist Robert Indiana was commissioned to design a new floor – a massive, utilitarian art work. That in itself, along with Indiana’s $27,500 fee, was a point of contention among many as well as a sense of fascination to others. Indiana had created the uber-famous “Love” icon which permeated 1970’s American culture, landing on hats, t-shirts and even a postage stamp. Now he was on to something else.

But until recently, that floor was languishing in a Missouri warehouse waiting to be sold off, until a few determined Milwaukee Bucks fans saved the day. Andy Gorzalski, Greg Koller, (who initiated the idea and sadly passed away) and his son Ben put themselves out on a financial limb to rescue the floor. And for one amazing summer night in 2013, that floor was reassembled to celebrate and relive a bygone era.

Chris Thompson, a venerated filmmaker whose last effort “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files,” (picked up by IFC) chillingly retold the grisly account of Milwaukee’s notorious serial killer, this time, along with a bevy of local filmmakers, portrayed a much more positive slant to the city in documenting this magical effort of recapturing the Arena‘s floor. Chris explained to me this fascinating story of the historic floor and its glorious return to form.

“What happened was Andy Gorzalski, who is a friend of mine and an avid Bucks fan here in Milwaukee…had just put his credit card down to purchase the Milwaukee Bucks basketball court from the old MECCA Arena in the 1970′s in Milwaukee for $20,000…but he didn’t actually have $20,000.”

But that little fact did not stop Andy…

Chris continued: “Even though he’s a hard working guy, he’s not a wealthy person…but he was so passionate about this floor and what it meant to him and having gone to games with his dad when he was a young boy and seeing the court and all his heroes for the Bucks playing on it. He just couldn’t imagine the court being sent away or shipped off to another country or chopped up…he really was passionate that it needed to stay in one piece and it needed to stay in Milwaukee.”

Obviously, that determination paid off and Chris realized as a filmmaker, that it was “impossible not to get on board with him and see where the story went…You know when you hear from a third party that someone bought a court for $20,000 it seems a bit ludicrous, but when you spend a few minutes with Andy it starts to make sense somehow.”

Upon his first meeting with Andy, the Arena’s history was fondly explained to Chris: Robert Indiana painting the beautiful floor, the Bucks winning the championship, Marquette winning a championship, and many great basketball players playing on the floor and other events that were happening in there, and how it was such a beloved venue, a MECCA in many senses of the word for so many people.

Yet before the intervention of Andy, Greg and Ben, it was amazing that some art aficionado didn’t snap it up first. Or was it because sports and art somehow don’t generally mix?

Robert Indiana and the floor design he created for MECCA

Robert Indiana and the floor design he created for MECCA

Chris reflected that “Robert Indiana is such a prolific artist, and the project itself was so unique: to paint every square inch of an entire basketball court had never been done before… (it could very well be) the largest pop art painting in the history of the world…There was lots of different opinions on how much it was worth…a single piece of art can be…priceless in some people’s opinions, and it could be completely worthless in other people’s opinions.”

And in reality, what could one actually do with such a massive and cantankerous proposition?

It’s an enormous floor, weighing thousands of pounds and it takes up so much space that there are very few buildings that it could actually be displayed in or even stored in safely.

“That was another part of the story, that more capital-minded art dealers, salvage people and scrap people thought…it could live on as maybe many different floors for different buildings or different rooms or even cut into table tops or even wall mounted pieces if you cut the wood small enough…which to Andy and a lot of Bucks fans just sounds like a nightmare.” Indeed.

As to the logistics of the task at hand, Chris informed me that “The floor belonged to an organization called the Wisconsin Center District which owns those buildings, the Expo Center and the MECCA…They were the ones that were trying to sell it and were the ones indirectly that Andy was purchasing the floor through, via a website called “Planet Reuse,” so once they found it that this is a local Bucks fan that was going to buy the floor and wanted it to stay as all once piece, I think they sort of worked in cooperation, realizing, hey there’s some interest here. It would be great to have a single night where we could display the floor again, and all these Bucks fans can come back and remember what this floor looked like in its original home inside the MECCA. I’m not sure financially what the agreement was, but I think they were all pretty friendly because they realized the significance of this night and how important it was to the city.”

And Chris, aided with a lot of enthusiastic Milwaukee filmmakers, helped capture the events surrounding the pilgrimage of the floor to make sure as much could be preserved of the story as possible. Along the way, such luminaries as Sidney Moncrief (Milwaukee Bucks) and Doc Rivers (Marquette) weighed in with fond memories of time spent playing on that court.

Being older than Chris, I had to enlighten him that the arena was also home to the hard rock/heavy metal concert culture in the late 70′s and the 80′s. So, a lot of people didn’t know the arena as an exclusive sports arena but as a concert venue. And I related an infamous event to Chris: “It was around 1980, or ’81, and Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult were on tour and this is when Ozzy Osbourne had left Black Sabbath, and Ronnie James Dio was now their lead singer. Well anyway, a lot of fans were just so vengeful that Ozzy Osbourne wasn’t the singer – that in Milwaukee during the second or third song that Black Sabbath played – someone threw a beer bottle and it hit one of the Black Sabbath members.”

Black Sabbath Riot Aftermath

Black Sabbath Riot Aftermath

“Black Sabbath was taken off the stage and a riot ensued where they tore up the Arena seats, the sound equipment, and everything. That made headlines. That was a huge thing. The mayor I believe banned Black Sabbath from coming back to Milwaukee. Anyway, they ripped up the Arena.” Those were the days.

As for what’s next on the plate for Chris, he informed me that he‘s been “…really interested in learning about the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Also, the rendition program that the U.S. Government was operating in the early part of the 2000′s in trying to combat the war on terror. I’ve been exploring the idea of making a feature film covering some of those topics, and I’ve done some interviews and a lot of research for a few years.” Sounds like it’s back to the heavy stuff again.

As to the future of the MECCA Arena, the naming rights were just resold, so it’s a good guess that the venue will be around for some time to come even though it lives in the much larger shadow of the Bradley Center (which is now home to the Bucks). Ironically, in 2013 a new floor was installed in the Bradley Center to pay homage to the Robert Indiana floor. Not bad.

“MECCA: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous” premiered on Grantland.com here.

-Mark Borchardt

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Five Days From Levon

From Manny Marquez: “This film documents the days leading up to the birth of my second son, Levon. My wife was almost two weeks overdue with the baby. Although anxious in awaiting the birth, I was inspired to watch my wife and oldest son, Gus, just loving each other and enjoying life that week. I built up my camera, and started capturing just one moment per day. I told my wife that I hoped the baby would be born on Friday, that way I’d have enough for a film. Well, Levon didn’t let me down, because on the 5th day he arrived! I consider this a documentary, because the days in the film are the actual days counted down until Levon was born on May 2, 2014 at 11:37am. Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy. “

This film is for Leigh, Gus, and Levon. I love you, my dear family…you inspire me daily.
“Shouts Out & Goodnight” by Boxing. Hear it on the album, “Dig the Final Time.”
Special thanks to Josh & Seth Kasselman for the music.
And to Yvette Blanchette and Shannon, our midwives, for safe delivery of the baby!

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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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Michael Ruppert, 1951-2014

We are sad to hear that our friend Michael Ruppert had died. He was 63. Michael was the subject of the documentary, COLLAPSE, which we edited in 2009.

This is Michael’s last broadcast of the Lifeboat Hour on PRN 13 April 2014.

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Animals Wins SXSW Special Jury Prize

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 8.09.05 AMWe just got word that our friend David Dastmalchian won a well deserved Special Jury Prize for his performance in “Animals” . David wrote and stars in the film Animals.

According to Variety:

The jury awarded him for his physically demanding portrayal of a homeless addict.

“I hope that anyone who sees this movie remembers, you never give up on people,” Dastmalchian said

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The Dissolve Profiles “American Movie”

fullwidth.90392792.pngWe are very flattered and excited to see that the “The Dissolve” is profiling “American Movie” as their featured movie of the week. If you aren’t familiar with “The Dissolve”, it’s the best film writing out there right now — made up primarily of former film critics from the Onion’s AVClub and owned by Pitchfork.

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ASWANG Blog Roundup

“When a trespasser on the land needs to be dealt with so we see how the Aswang can create a mucus sack around the victim and save the person for consumption later. This of course is never really explained in the aswang_2legend. Do these creature eat live people as well as infants? Anyway the story really picks up pace in the second half as Katrina goes from feeling a bit uncomfortable with the group to waking up during a feeding time. The chain reaction from that propels the third act into its final crazy leaps that includes an aswang hanging by its tongue, captivity in the crazy woman’s house, a severed hand, fire, blood, birth and death It really is a great act and although Moses as Peter is a bit too over the top in his delivery it does not spoil the fun. So definitely a recommend from me on Aswang even with its flaws it is a very cool take on vampirism.”

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From Horrorphilia… one of the best ASWANG reviews ever (audio only):

POSITIVE:

“Worth a watch. Pretty decent.”

NEGATIVE:

“With the limited amount of characters, you don’t get all that many death scenes.”

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From Decapitated Zombie Vampire Bloodbath:

Things get sinister when they arrive at the mansion, which looks like it was designed by Stanley Kubrick. The only inhabitants are the sickly mother, who keeps sucking on oxygen, a strange Filipino maid named Cupid, and an exotic white chicken who roams the premises freely. Oh yeah, there’s also an unseen sister who lives in a cottage out back. Apparently, she’s “a little touched.” At this point, I’d probably call a cab and head back home, especially after seeing a painting of an aswang, a Filipino vampire who drinks the blood of newborns, given prominent place in the study. Fortunately, our heroine sticks around, ensuring our enjoyment of a fucked-up, unusual vampire movie.

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Victor Delorenzo gets slimed in “Aswang”

Row 3 stumbles upon ASWANG:

Shot like it’s an old 1970s relic, it has a similar feel to many of those slow paced, yet engaging horrors from that time period – until it picks up its pace substantially. A great find.

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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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Vollmann Awarded MIFF Filmmaker-In-Residence

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Michael T. Vollman’s Before You won the Cream City Cinema Filmmaker-in-Residence prize. Before You is a beautifully shot, lyrically composed lullaby of sorts which illustrates how the arrival of the filmmaker’s infant daughter was a total game changer.

Michael always likes to say: “When I begin any edit, I have two main goals – to make you cry or to make you pee your pants. Or both if I’m really successful.”

Consider Before You successful.

Congratulations, Michael! Check out the film below:

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Kumar Pallana Dies at 94

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Kumar with Gene Hackman in “The Royal Tennenbaums”.

Sad to hear that Kumar passed away. We’ll never forget the fun time we had with him last year when he was in town working on Frankie Latina‘s new movie, SNAP SHOT.

From The New York Times:

Kumar Pallana, an Indian plate spinner turned Texas yoga instructor turned — in his late 70s and long beyond — sought-after character actor in films by Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg and others, died on Thursday at his home in Oakland, Calif. He was 94.

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PSYCHOPATH Finishing Touches

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Steve Schoonover (Sound) and Rod Hassler (Camera) in Sperry OK Shooting Psychopath

Manny Marquez is down in Oklahoma shooting what we hope will be the final round of pickups and interviews for his documentary epic, PSYCHOPATH. The rest of the film is based upon footage shot back in 2005 and 2010.

Lots has happened during these nearly ten years, and the edit is coming together nicely.

Time to wrap this one up!

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“American Movie” Kicks off NEXT Festival

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Trevor Groth, Chris Smith, Mark Borchardt, John Cooper

World from Hollywood is that everyone had a great time at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the Sundance Institute just kicked off it’s new LA based film festival, NEXT WEEKEND — with “American Movie.” Press materials said it is “a film that exemplifies what NEXT Weekend is all about: an undying passion to make films against all odds and with limited resources”.

As a special bonus, they screened Coven, the short film whose production is chronicled in the documentary. And of course, Mark was there to do an amazing Q&A.

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Blokes You Can Trust

The trailer for the new Cosmic Psychos documentary BLOKES YOU CAN TRUST just launched. We were happy to see that our ancient music video for DEAD ROO is featured in the film (and trailer).

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.

From the description of the film:

For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer cans and busted ear drums around the globe with their quintessential Australian drawl and pounding punk rock songs. With the founding member Ross Knight finding inspiration from the Bulldozer he drove on the family farm in country Victoria, the band forged a unique sound and image that resonated with punk rock fans everywhere. Iconic label Sup Pop! released their second album when the band fell into the ‘Seattle’ scene of the late 80’s amidst the likes of Pearl Jam, Mudhoney and The Melvins. Never quite finding the mainstream success of their grunge counterparts, the band managed to tour heavily in the USA and Europe thanks to a large and devoted fan base. The Cosmic Psychos were notorious for their ability to drink pubs dry, earning them a reputation that resonated around as a warning – “Never drink with the ‘Psychos”. But it wasn’t all shits and giggles. A heavy falling out with drummer and founding member Bill Walsh resulted in a line-up change and a bitter dedication on their new album with the song ‘Kill Bill’. They’ve been ripped off by several record labels, and dealt with the tragedy of the passing of guitarist Robbie Watts in 2006. But the band continues through all its adversity to remain strong to this day with Dean Muller on drums and John ‘Mad Macca’ McKeering from the Onya’s taking care of the guitar duties. COSMIC PSYCHOS : BLOKES YOU CAN TRUST follows the bands colorful history, as well as the enigmatic and entertaining founding member Ross Knight, to get behind the man who rides the bulldozer. Farmer, Father, Weightlifter, and frontman. His story alone, and told from his perspective is a unique portrait of an unlikely and revered rock and roll bloke.

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“Kingdome Come” Trailer Drops

Our own John Murphy‘s documentary “Kingdom Come” just dropped it’s trailer for the Showtime release. “Kingdom Come” follows a first-time director (Daniel Gillies) as he tries to raise a million dollars to finance his first film, “Broken Kingdom.”

Paste Magazine says “it’s that mix of hopefulness and hopelessness, that mix of encouraging and discouraging, that makes Kingdom Come a worthy addition to the family of documentaries that began with Herzog’s Burden of Dreams and continued through classics like Hearts of Darkness and Lost in La Mancha. For filmmakers and their families (perhaps especially for their families), there’s a certain relief in seeing someone else on screen going through the same struggles. It’s a long and often lonely road, especially given how difficult it’s become recently even for established actors like Gillies to get even low levels of funding for projects that don’t include explosions, car chases, superheroes, or serial killers. A film like Kingdom Come, more than just a behind-the-scenes story, is a sorely needed shout out of solidarity and empathy with the indie community.”

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Showtime Acquires “Kingdom Come”

MV5BMjExNzc4ODE0NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzkyNzI2OA@@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_John Murphy‘s “Film about making a film” documentary KINGDOM COME just sold to Showtime and will be premiering on May 15th.

The film follows actor Daniel Gilles as he struggles to produce his feature-length directorial debut, the drama Broken Kingdom. John documented the three-year process of getting that independent movie made – and also interviewed a score of indie filmmakers including Don Cheadle, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Spurlock, and Kevin Smith… all of whom share their own war stories and triumphs. And now, both will air on the cable network May 15, back-to-back.

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Frankie Latina Closes Kickstarter Funding

Congratulations to Frankie Latina for raising over $76,000 on Kickstarter to make his new film, Snap Shot. The project stars Danny Trejo, and was written by Trejo’s son, Gilbert. We helped him edit his promo trailer. (In a pretty awesome Kickstarter prize for that film, you could pledge $5000 to be murdered onscreen by Danny Trejo—several people did it.

 

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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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RIP Marques Bovre

Sad news from our friend Frank Anderson… songwriter/musician, Marques Bovre, passed away after a two year battle with brain cancer. From Frank’s Wisconsinology blog:

Marques lead the great Madison-based band Marques Bovre and the Evil Twins. Although the band’s popularity peaked in the early 90’s, they continued off and on to the end of that decade and in 2012 re-united for a memorable celebration of Marques’ 50th birthday at the High Noon Saloon in Madison. Tonight, I’m thinking about him and I thought I’d share some memories.

Smart Studios, Madison…sometime in the early 90’s. I’m playing pedal steel on a remarkable composition Marques has written for the Evil Twins latest album – Ghost Stories from Lonesome County. The track is called called Sleepytown. I can still picture Marques at that session. He is seated at the recording consul, next to album producer Doug Erickson (Doug is a singer/songwriter/producer and a member the band, Garbage) and I’m behind both of them seated at my pedal steel. We are all only about 4 feet apart in the 1st floor control room. Marques has a big smile on face and we are conversing about both of us growing up in small towns in Dane County (while I run through the song). He is truly enjoying this part of the process. So informal, so easy (it’s always easy when the band is good). We are not quite done laying down the track and his mind is already on the next song, one called Drunk and Disgusting. “Grab your accordion and play like an old drunk Norwegian farmer on a Saturday night.” Pause. I answer, “Am I a Norwegian farmer from Deerfield, Edgerton …..or Stoughton?” He replies quickly, “Ahh, the golden triangle. Let’s go with Utica.” Brilliant answer. He always had a brilliant answer to any important questions. It would shortly result in many long conversations and even longer phone calls (at the time he lived in Stoughton and then Cottage Grove) filled with esoteric conversation on every subject imaginable during that decade. It was a fun time and the peak of Marques and his band’s popularity as a live act. The boys let me play with them at Summerfest that summer(of the recording) and, for awhile, it seemed like the band would break out of Madison (where they were huge and very much loved) and onto the national scene. I lost touch with Marques for awhile in the early 2000’s and last saw him at the Wisconsin Film Festival in 2007. By then, the osteoarthritis that had plagued him for most of his life had taken an enormous toll on his body. He never complained of the pain or difficulty it caused and he was as wry, observant and serene as ever. He was a devoted Christian who found it very funny that I couldn’t stand Christians. I never told him that he was one of only three real authentic Christians I’ve ever met in my life – the others being a Jesuit in the Philippines and a filmmaker in Oregon, all nonjudgemental and with great senses of humor. I’ve kept a quote that Marques enjoyed (from one of our 90’s phone calls). It’s from Thomas Merton and I think it describes the way Marques approached his faith. “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” Marques walked the walk.

PS Marques was a big, big Packer fan. Amen.

The video embedded here was directed by Frank Anderson in 1995.

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“The Aswang Phenomenon”

We suspect that, without “Google Alerts”, this one would have passed us by:

Canadian filmmaker Jordan Clark first encountered the aswang in Wrye Martin and Barry Poltermann‘s 1994 film “Aswang.” Six years after seeing the film, Clark visited the Philippines, where he observed how Filipinos were both religious and superstitious. Wanting to understand how these two seemingly contradictory beliefs could be held at the same time, he began to research on Philippine folklore, and again came across the aswang.

This is the intro for the documentary film “The Aswang Phenomenon” – an exploration of the aswang folklore and its effects on Philippine society., produced by High Banks Entertainment Ltd.

UPDATE: They have over 2 million views on Youtube. I suspect that is more than have ever seen our film!

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100 Things You Should Know About Cinema

Frank Anderson just posted this piece for his film students: 100 Things You Should Know Before You Graduate, Part I”.

“I put this together for my students. Thanks to Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Bowers, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, George Melies, Abel Gance, The Lumiere Brothers,Thomas Edison and so many more from the Silent Film era. Music is “The Arrival of the Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra.”

It’s pretty cool.

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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

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

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Kumar Stops By

Kumar Pallana visited our offices today and treated us all to some old fashioned Mickey Mouse Club plate spinning and magic tricks! He is in town shooting scenes for Frankie Latina’s next Milwaukee opus, SNAP SHOT.

UPDATE: While Kumar was here, Frankie directed this piece for the DearMKE series.

 

DearMKE | KUMAR from About Face Media on Vimeo.

 

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The Jeffrey Dammer Files Sells to IFC

We are excited to announce that IFC Midnight is acquiring all North American and U.K. rights to Chris James Thompson‘s documentary “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files”, which retraces the life of the infamous Milwaukee serial killer.

In addition to directing, Thompson produced the documentary and co-wrote the script with Andrew Swant and Joe Riepenhoff, with Michael Vollmann shooting. Barry Poltermann and Chris Smith were exec-producers. Dahmer Files made its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

Chris re-named the film, which premiere as “Jeff” at SXSW. Why?

At the premiere of my own first feature film ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’ (which was originally titled ‘Jeff’) at the SXSW Film Festival in 2012, I was thrilled to see a large line forming in front of the theater. There was a festival volunteer attending the front of the line, keeping the hundreds of people in queue. When the time came, she announced, ‘everyone here for the Jeff Dunham documentary get ready to enter!’ My heart sunk, but I had to laugh when I overheard the third person in line say to his friend, ‘oh shit I thought this was about DJ Jazzy Jeff!’ A few months later IFC acquired the distribution rights and suggested we rename the film; I agreed.

IFC Midnight is a sister label of IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

IFC MIdnight is planning an early 2013 theatrical release.

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Chris James Thompson’s New Film Premiering At SXSW

Jeff, a truly unique take on Jeffrey Dahmer, will be making its premiere at the prestigious and fun SXSW Film Festival this March in Austin, Texas. If you’re down there, come out and see director Chris James Thompson’s fearless Dahmer film.

 

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“Life of Reilly” Finally Available on Netflix

The Late Reilly on Stage in 2004

We thought this day would never come… “The Life of Reilly”, Directed by our own Barry Poltermann and Frank Anderson featuring Charles Nelson Reilly. (Yeah, that Charles Nelson Reilly) is finally available streaming on Netflix.

The film is being distributed by FilmBuff and is now also available on numerous streaming sites, such as iTunes, et. al.

The film is “Certified Fresh” and remains among the best reviewed films of 2007, but CNR’s words ring true today more than ever.

 

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Paraphernalia

(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

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

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Shooting a New Maritime Video

Director Barry Poltermann somehow convinced us to film Maritime’s new music video during the largest snowstorm in years. We’re still out in the thick of it. But don’t worry we’re safe…. For now.

UPDATE: You can see the finished video here.

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Hard Copy: ‘Didier’s World’

Happy Holidays, from our partners in crime at Bluemark Productions.
Hard Copy: ‘Didier’s World’ featuring Didier Leplae and Mark Belling.
“Blood was going to pour in the streets of Glendale.”
Enjoy!
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Mark P. Lands a Role on “The Office”

1788_1788_ae2051eaa72697223332c114416HAHAH!!! Our own Mark Proksch just got a part on NBC’s The Office.

Last May Mark – posing as an eco-loving yo-yo master – EASILY got onto morning TV news broadcasts around Wisconsin (and beyond), making a minor mockery of mid-market news mongers. Remember Kenny Strasser?

In the hugely massively successful show’s Oct. 14 episode, Dwight (played by Rainn Wilson) selects Nate (played by Mark) as the only non-immigrant from a group of workers. His first task as a handyman: removing a hornet’s nest. We hear that Mark will appear in at least a few more episodes, so I guess we won’t be seeing him at the front desk any more. Good luck and god speed, K-Strass.

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Tina Fey’s First Commercial

A couple of years ago we posted a spot on our vimeo page from the DEEEP archives. It was a spot we did (through Purple Onion) for Mutual Savings Bank in 1995 with Tina Fey. It was apparently her ONLY spot before joining SNL. She sees it for the first time on The Jimmy Fallon Show.

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A Marriage Proposal, September Club Style

Last weekend Manny Marquez proposed to his long time girlfriend Leigh Wilson by making a short documentary called HWY 9: A Story About Love.

He then convinced his local theater in Hood River, OR to show it right before a screening on The A-Team.

This is the story behind it, as told by Manny to Barry Poltermann in an i-Chat last evening.

HWY 9: A Story About Love can also be watched below…

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AIM IM with Manny Marquez <gastlycrumb>6/17/10 11:22 PM

Manny Marquez:

barry, you there

Barry Poltermann:

yeah man

glad you liked my blog post!

Manny Marquez:

Loved it man

Love Trek

Star Trek that is

Barry Poltermann:

me 2

Manny Marquez:

did you see that engagement film I made?

Barry Poltermann:

that was so fucking awesome man

i loved it

i saw it on sunday

Manny Marquez:

well, I thank you for that man

Barry Poltermann:

i nearly cried

seriously

Manny Marquez:

I took your advice

Barry Poltermann:

i teared up

Manny Marquez:

a couple a days later Leigh was like “you are so fucking about face”

I was cracking up

Barry Poltermann:

HAH!

Manny Marquez:

She loved it

Barry Poltermann:

i bet

Manny Marquez:

played to an audience in the theater man, she had ZERO idea it was coming

Barry Poltermann:

i loved that you told the story about wanting to make a western with robert duvall

Manny Marquez:

well, if you can’t shoot it, get someone saying it!

Barry Poltermann:

Good call

Manny Marquez:

funniest part is when it was about to start

the blu ray player fired up

and it said “tray open”

Leigh said “Oh man, they are playing the movie on Blu ray? How Lame!”

and I was like “yeah, that is so lame. I was expecting a print”

then it said “play”

and the film started

and from the first frame she looked at me and said “what is this!!!”

Barry Poltermann:

when did she figure out is was you?

Manny Marquez:

and I said “Oh, I forgot to tell you. i made you something.”

from the first shot she knew

she know my work

she knew immediatly

she knows how I frame

the things I choose to shoot

she knows me man

Barry Poltermann:

Yeah, it had Manny written all over it from the first frame

I was only surprised your dog didn’t show up.

Manny Marquez:

well, I was going to take him

but I had no idea where I was going

so at the last minute left him home

Barry Poltermann:

Poor Bandit…

Manny Marquez:

the thought of making him wait in the car while i ended up in a helicopter, a cave or some kind of bullet train made me sad

Barry Poltermann:

Good call.

what was the audience reactioin?

did they stop the movie?

Manny Marquez:

I was just going to go with it man

and that band played that dylan song, the actual song that is her ringtone and one of her favorites..without me asking them to play it

it was amazing

And I sing that Townes Van Zandt song

Barry Poltermann:

i liked that

Manny Marquez:

Dan Didier was telling me how much he loved that song

and i had it stuck in my head for weeks

so thanks to Dan, thats the song i used

Barry Poltermann:

did you get down on your knees?

did she say “yes” right there?

Manny Marquez:

I did, at the part that it says “the Proposal”

everyone in the theater turned around and was looking for us

Barry Poltermann:

awesome

she must have been floored

Manny Marquez:

leigh was crying and she said yes

Barry Poltermann:

of course, I WAS FREAKING CRYING!

i can’t imagine

Manny Marquez:

i put the ring on her and everyone was clapping and crying

magic man.

one guy said “I can leave now. after that, A-team will suck

Barry Poltermann:

so cool.

Manny Marquez:

the theater owner had told people in the other screen next door to come over

Barry Poltermann:

love it… i love that it was a-team!

Manny Marquez:

so the theater was packed

Barry Poltermann:

oh wow

Manny Marquez:

and all the employees came in too

it was magic man

i can’t believe i did it

and my crazy trip

i had zero plan

just got on the road and stopped and shot people

it really worked

that bar is a bar i lived behind for 4 months when i was a camera assisitent

I really do thank you man

you make me a better filmmaker

i know I say that all the time

Barry Poltermann:

dude, that was a nice movie

Manny Marquez:

but I mean

it

Barry Poltermann:

it was really pretty

and told a great little story

very warm.

very aboutface! Leigh is right!

Manny Marquez:

people really liked it

that felt good as a filmmaker

like no one questioned why A Team was not on

i found that odd

when it was all down I stood up and said “I know this isn’t what you all came to see, so I’d like to thank you for sitting through our film!”

Barry Poltermann:

ha!

well, it had them interested/curious… unexpected.

genuine

Manny Marquez:

ha

well, I just wanted to make sure you saw the film

since you were the inspiration for it!

Barry Poltermann:

thanks man… i don’t know about inspiration.

it wasn’t a very hard idea to come up with…. “hmmm… maybe manny should make a documentary!”

Manny Marquez:

brilliant

Barry Poltermann:

mind if i blog about it?

the proposal, aboutface style?

Manny Marquez:

do it man

Barry Poltermann:

gonna go to sleep now

cya

Manny Marquez:

later

thanks for chatting

talk to you soon

Barry Poltermann:

always a pleasure

night

Manny Marquez:

later

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