Author: Barry Poltermann

IN CONVERSATION WITH ETHAN HAWKE AND BARRY POLTERMANN: THE LAST MOVIE STARS

Thanks to DocNYC and Malikkah Rollins for inviting us to speak at Editing Day for DocNYC this weekend.   Don Argott (Framing John DeLorean) hosted the panel, which DocNYC described as “a vibrant conversation with series director Ethan Hawke and editor Barry Poltermann as they go behind the scenes of […]

MELTDOWN nominated for IDA Award

Congrats to Matt Prekop, with an assist from Michael Vollmann, for their masterful editing. Meltdown: Three Mile Island nominated for an IDA Award for best doc series!  From Deadline: Best Multi-Part Documentary Nominees Children of the Underground (United States | FX | Directors/Executive Producers: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Ted Gesing | Producers: Grace Fardella, […]

Gotham Award Nomination for THE LAST MOVIE STARS

“The Last Movie Stars” had been nominated for “Breakthrough Documentary Series” by the Gotham Awards. The nominations were announced live at Cipriani Wall Street, where the awards ceremony itself will take place next month, by actress Angelica Ross (Pose, American Horror Story, Chicago) and executive director of the Gotham Film […]

The Last Movie Stars nominated for 2 Critics Choice Awards

Los Angeles, CA (Monday, October 17,  2022) — The Critics Choice Association (CCA) has announced the nominees for the Seventh Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA). The winners will be revealed at a Gala Event on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan, marking a change of […]

R.I.P. Mike Schank

Very, very sad to hear about the passing away of Mike Shank — the heart of  ‘American Movie’. https://milwaukeerecord.com/film/r-i-p-milwaukee-musician-american-movie-co-star-mike-schank/

Erik Ljung video goes viral

Our own Erik Ljung caught some crazy shit on camera yesterday and posted it on his instagram — where it went super viral. From the New York Post: A well-dressed daredevil was seen mysteriously jumping between awnings of a Financial District high-rise before climbing into a window on Tuesday. In […]

Venice Premiere of BONNIE

A clip from the documentary BONNIE just dropped — in anticipation of the premiere at LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA. The film was co-edited by director Simon Wallon and our own Michael Vollmann. Some of the world’s most acclaimed actors owe their careers in no small measure to a single woman: […]

September Club featured in FORBES

  From Forbes: As a producer, director, story supervisor and editor, primarily working in the documentary field for about three decades, Barry Paltermann is also the co-founder of the production company The September Club. Specializing in documentaries for movies, television and streaming — from feature films to digital shorts and […]

The Last Movie Stars is now Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!

The reviews are outstanding for THE LAST MOVIE STARS. It is now one of the best reviewed documentary series in history. The Last Movie Stars delivers the goods as a revealing retrospective of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s romance, but director Ethan Hawke elevates this docuseries into a revelatory exploration […]

‘The Invisible Republic’ Trailer Drops

When war besieges the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Karabakh), writer and photographer Lika takes cover in a bunker — and begins to write a diary. Little does she know that her words will become not only the definitive chronicle of the brutal 44-day war, but also a universal portrait of […]

Cannes Premiere of ‘THE LAST MOVIE STARS’

From The Hollywood Reporter: Early in The Last Movie Stars, a longform documentary that manages to be both meta and charming, cerebral and deeply felt, Ethan Hawke is geeking out on Zoom with some of his fellow actors. The object of their professional appreciation and endearing enthusiasm is Paul Newman […]

‘Meltdown: Three Mile Island’ Is a Methodical Look at an American Disaster

“Meltdown: Three Mile Island” is launching on Netflix to great reviews, including today’s from VARIETY: The partial meltdown at the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 was a perfect coalescing of factors in two senses. First, a series of cascading mechanical and human errors brought […]

The Last Movie Stars @ SXSW

SXSW previewed the first episode of “The Last Movie Stars” today at The Paramount Theater at SXSW. Richard Linklater was there to do the Q&A with Ethan. From IndieWire. With five additional chapters to “The Last Movie Stars” still to go, it’s unknown whether the doc will maintain the balance […]

Make|Shift wins a Clio

Today we learned that our branded feature documentary Make|Shift won a Clio for Branded Entertainment & Content within the Business-to-Business category. alongside mega-brands like NFL, Chipotle, Amazon, Google and the Simpsons. Only 11 projects in the world medaled.

WHIRLYBIRD wins IDA AWARD

The IDA announced today that: Whirlybird, a film about the couple who pioneered helicopter news coverage in Los Angeles, has won the ABC News VideoSource Award. This Award goes to the film that best utilizes contemporary or historical factual footage shot for use in context such as newsreels, news specials, magazines […]

“The Cleaner” Premiere

Congratulations to Matt Prekop and Erin Elders… The world premiere of their film “The Cleaner” took place at the Catalina Film Festival as the festival’s closing night film at the historic Avalon Theater.  King Orba was awarded Best ACTOR for the festival. Screen Magazine calls the film “a taut and moving […]

WHIRLYBIRD OPENS TO RAVES

“Whirlybird” opens this weekend in major markets. Some early reviews: “Whirlybird” proves a memorably evocative time capsule of 1980s and ’90s Los Angeles and the people who made – and captured – the news, as well as a stirring portrait of regret. — Los Angeles Times Drawing on an amazing […]

Boys State Nominated for an Emmy

BOYS STATE directors/producers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine from this morning following their two Emmy nominations this morning for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program. “Our journey with Boys State has been one of continuous surprise. This latest turn of events is as thrilling as […]

AMERICAN MOVIE on the Criterion Channel

American Movie will be arriving on The Criterion Channel in July. Their synopsis: “It takes a village to make a movie, but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the results are bizarre, comical, and quintessentially American. With the help of his mother, his eighty-two-year-old uncle, and a local cast […]

Why Did You Kill Me a Top Ten Streaming Hit

Nielsen has “Why Did You Kill Me?” at 253 million minutes streamed in our first 5 days, which put us as the #2 most viewed movie that week across all streaming platforms even though the movie wasn’t out for the full week. From the Hollywood Reporter: Nielsen’s streaming top 10s […]

The Last Blockbuster is The Marketplace Movie of the Month

On today’s MARKETPLACE MORNING REPORT, David Brancaccio reacts to “The Last Blockbuster” and gleans some financial lessons, selecting it as his documentary pick of the month. From the Marketplace website: While our movie this month runs thick with people nostalgic for Blockbuster video stores (may those stores rest in peace), […]

Make/Shift honored by Webby’s

Just got word that make/SHIFT was named a 2021 Webby Honoree for video/documentary. That puts us in the top 9 finalists of the year (others included Roblox, Google, National Geographic and WebMD).  Congratulations to Casey Suchan, Matt Prekop, Tim Cawley, and the entire team who worked on this amazing piece […]

Why Did You Kill Me Debuts at #1

In the last month we’ve had 3 of the top 10 highest rated films on Netflix — THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER, MURDER AMONG THE MORMONS, and now WHY DID YOU KILL ME? The New #1 Movie on Netflix Is a Must-Watch True-Crime Doc Where the Victim’s Family Tries to Catfish the […]

Why Did You Kill Me?

(Feature Documentary, Netflix, 2021) A mother pledges to find the people who killed her daughter, and uses MySpace to do so. Why Did You Kill Me? is all about the tireless efforts of Belinda Lane, who stopped at nothing to get justice. The documentary tells the story of Crystal Theobald […]

The Oxy Kingpins Premieres at Virtual SXSW

 From Variety: “The Oxy Kingpins” is a documentary that feels like it could be a Martin Scorsese movie. It’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” meets “The Insider” — the story of a scurrilous illegal business, and one of the hotshot thrill junkies who rode it to riches, and how […]

World’s last Blockbuster video store more popular after Netflix show

First, it debuted at the #4 position on Netflix Most Watched Movie’s list, and now comes this news on The Last Blockbuster, from The Chicago Tribune: “Since the documentary aired March 15, people from all over the world have sent flowers and called the store just to say “thank you” […]

Film Threat Explores Make|Shift

Just before the pandemic hit last year, we finished a documentary about advertising (produced for WP Engine) called Make|SHIFT. It is hitting streaming platforms this week. Launching to some great press and attention, our favorite so far is this above FILM THREAT interview between the iconic Chris Gore and the […]

The Last Blockbuster Netflix Premiere’s at #4

“The Last Blockbuster” premiered at an amazing #4 of all movies on Netflix! Netflix’s New #4 Movie Tells the Story of the Last Remaining Blockbuster Video It’s been more than a decade since Blockbuster Video declared bankruptcy and announced that it was closing all but one location. And now, Netflix […]

Murder Among the Mormons Debuts at #2

This New True-Crime Series Is Already Netflix’s #2 Show After Just One Day Netflix just dropped a brand-new true-crime documentary yesterday and it’s already made its way onto Netflix’s most popular TV show list. Yup, the doc series is officially the number two show on the streaming platform after only […]

Murder Among the Mormons A Critical Smash

Our latest Netflix true-crime documentary Murder Among the Mormons is a critical smash. We are proud to congratulate Matt Prekop for his work as editor of “Murder Among the Mormons”, working with the amazing Greg O’Toole. Chicago Sun-Times: “…an invaluable, extensive and journalistically sound record of events that will fascinate.” The Wall […]

Murder Among the Mormons

(Docu-Series, Netflix, 2021) Murder Among the Mormons documents one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the Mormon community and the criminal mastermind behind it all. The three-part docuseries takes a look at what happened in Salt Lake City in 1985, when a series of pipe bombs […]

Truth to Power in Theaters and on VOD

On March 19, Oscilloscope Laboratories will release Truth to Power, an acclaimed documentary on Serj Tankian, the Grammy-winning lead singer of System Of A Down. With exclusive interviews, adventures, and original footage personally filmed by Serj, TRUTH TO POWER allows audiences backstage access to an international rock star whose faith […]

Greenwich Buys Sundance Doc ‘Whirlybird’

From Deadline: Greenwich Entertainment (Echo in the Canyon, Free Solo) has acquired U.S. rights to Whirlybird from A&E IndieFilms. The doc, which premiered at last year’s Sundance, is the feature debut of Matt Yoka. It follows a husband-and-wife news helicopter team who covered some of Los Angeles’ most historic events. Encompassing […]

“The Oxy Kingpins” to Premiere at Virtual SXSW

From the LA Times: One year after COVID shut it down, the SXSW Film Festival announces full virtual lineup: Documentary Feature Competition: “Kid Candidate” directed by Jasmine Stodel; “Lily Topples The World” directed by Jeremy Workman; “Not Going Quietly” directed by Nicholas Bruckman; “The Oxy Kingpins” directed by Brendan FitzGerald; […]

Inauguration

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The Last Blockbuster

(Feature Documentary, Netflix, 2021) There weren’t cameras around to document the closing of the last buggy-whip store, but that’s the sensation one gets watching “The Last Blockbuster.” This new documentary is about more than just nostalgia, however, coming as movie theaters — closed by the pandemic — face their own […]

IDA Awards Nominations Announced

The International Documentary Association has announced the nominees for its 36th Annual IDA Documentary Awards, and a certain streaming service dominates. Boys State is nominated for BEST EDITING, and I Am Not Alone is nominated for BEST WRITING. The nominees are: Best Editing Boys State (USA / Apple, A24) Crip […]

Oscar Season is Here

The Hollywood Reporter cites both Boy’s State and I Am Not Alone as top contenders for this years Best Documentary award. From the article: “I Am Not Alone chronicles the incredible story of the recent Armenian revolution, is absolutely outstanding — stranger than fiction and tremendously inspiring.” “Boys State, the winner of […]