Author: Barry Poltermann

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 […]

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?

(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 that […]

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 […]

Murder Among the Mormons Launches with a Bang

In addition to making the top 10 this week on Netflix in it’s debut week, the latest Netflix true-crime hit documentary Murder Among the Mormons is also a critical smash. We are proud to congratulate Matt Prekop for his work as editor of “Murder Among the Mormons”, working with the […]

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; […]

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 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 […]

Make/Shift

(Branded Feature Documentary Feature, 2020, Client: WP Engine) From the heyday of TV advertising, to the dawn of the Internet, to the rise of the digital experience, make|SHIFT explores the art and science behind the advertising industry’s 20+ year evolution. See how creative technologies drove a shift from pushing messages […]

Marketing Overview

This is a montage / overview edit of visuals bringing to life the breadth of client work we’ve done, with an emphasis on work done for brands.

Zedd: True Colors

(Documentary Feature, 2016, Premiere LA Film Festival) We worked with 42 Entertainment and Innerscope Records to re-approach material shot for T-Mobile campaign and turn it into a feature film about pop star Zedd’s latest album, “True Colors”. A countdown hits zero and EDM fans hit the ground running, scouring the […]

MAKE/SHIFT

(Branded Feature Documentary Feature, 2020, Client: WP Engine) From the heyday of TV advertising, to the dawn of the Internet, to the rise of the digital experience, makeSHIFT explores the art and science behind the advertising industry’s 20+ year evolution. See how creative technologies drove a shift from pushing messages […]

I AM NOT ALONE THEATRICAL PREMIERE

The film about the 2018 “Velvet Revolution” announces LA, NYC, DC, and Boston release LOS ANGELES—I Am Not Alone, the award-winning film about the 2018 “Velvet Revolution” in Armenia released its official trailer on Wednesday and announced its United States theatrical release. After sweeping awards at the Toronto International Film […]

TRUTH TO POWER

(Feature Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival 2020) In 2001, the band System Of A Down partnered with music producer Rick Rubin to record their sophomore album. Against all odds, and during one of the most painful and precarious months in American history, the album Toxicityskyrocketed up the Billboard chart and catapulted to […]

TRUTH TO POWER to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

We are excited to announce that Truth to Power, a film edited by our own Michael Vollmann, will be premiering at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2001, the band System Of A Down partnered with music producer Rick Rubin to record their sophomore album. Against all odds, and during one […]

Whirlybird

(Feature Documentary, Premiere Sundance Film Festival 2020) Flying high above Los Angeles in a whirling news helicopter, Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur (known then as Bob) captured some of the city’s most epic breaking news stories. The two recount the salacious details of their career as a husband-and-wife journalist team […]

Boys State

(Feature Documentary, Winner SUNDANCE Grand Prize 2020) Strap up your saddle and get ready for a wild ride. Boys State is a political coming-of-age story, examining the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment: a thousand 17-year-old boys from across the state of Texas gather together to build a […]

Boys State & Whirlybird are both Sundance Winners

Congrats to Boys State for winning the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, and Whirlybird producers Diane Becker & Melanie Miller who won the Producers Award for Documentary Features. The full list of winners appears below: U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION Grand Jury Prize: “Minari” Audience Award: “Minari” Directing: Radha Blank, “The 40-Year-Old […]

Boys State Sets Record Festival Sale

Apple and A24 have acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Boys State, a political coming-of-age story which examines the health of American democracy. A source pegged the deal at $12 million, which marks the largest sale for a documentary ever at a festival. A24 will release the film theatrically. The […]

WHIRLYBIRD Premiere

Whirlybird premieres at Sundance to rave reviews. From the Hollywood Reporter: “Unflinching and often exhilarating.” “Zoey Tur’s reign as Los Angeles’ preeminent eye-in-the-sky helicopter reporter preceded my own arrival here, but her presence in the semi-recent run of documentaries tied to the O.J. Simpson trial and to the L.A. riots […]

SMASH

(Feature Documentary, Work in Progress) [Working on it!] For now — The story of the iconic surrealist comedian Gallagher. An intense journey through the American dream, replete with fame, hubris, and regret.  

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann Scores in Netflix Ratings

Netflix has unveiled its most popular titles internationally with true-crime doc The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann topping the UK list. In the United States, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann ranked as the seventh most popular documentary on Netflix. As reported in DEADLINE, “The streamer hasn’t officially revealed the methodology, but the […]

Two New Projects in Sundance Doc Competition

This just in — we are excited to have two films in the Sundance Documentary competition this year. Whirlybird Dir: Matt Yoka; Editor, Brian Palmer; Story Supervisor, Barry Poltermann; Additional Editing, Erin Elders; Assistant Editor, Dan Black.Soaring above the chaotic spectacle of ‘80s and ‘90s Los Angeles, a young couple revolutionized […]

“The Animal People” Los Angeles Premiere

After it’s debut at the Austin Film Festival last month, this weekend our own Casey Suchan, Sasha Perry and Brian Palmer brought “The Animal People” to Los Angeles at the Santa Monica Film Festival. They were joined for the West Coast premiere by Executive Producer Joaquin Phoenix.

Third Audience Award of Three Festivals for “I Am Not Alone”

People seem to like this one. “AFI Fest said Friday that I Am Not Alone, Garin Hovannisian’s documentary about the 2018 Armenian revolution, won this year’s feature film Audience Award, topping the list of prizes given for the annual festival that wrapped its run last night in Hollywood.

“I Am Not Alone” wins DocNYC Audience Award

From Realscreen: Audiences at the 10th annual DOC NYC documentary film festival have selected I Am Not Alone as the Audience Award winner, voted in from among all new features at the fest. I Am Not Alone (pictured) is directed by Garin Hovannisian and follows former Armenian political prisoner turned Member of Parliament […]

THE ANIMAL PEOPLE

(Documentary Feature, Premiere Austin Film Festival, 2019) The Animal People, executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix,  follows a group of six activists from the United States arm of British animal-rights group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) who were surveilled by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and ultimately indicted as domestic terrorists for […]

I Am Not Alone

(Feature Documentary, Winner Audience Award, TIFF 2019) The 2018 Armenian revolution fuels Garin Hovannisian’s gripping documentary about a modern-day political power struggle and the citizen activists who refused to accept it. This galvanizing chronicle of the 2018 Armenian revolution combines gripping front-line reportage with new interviews that describe incidents the […]

“I Am Not Alone” wins Audience Award at TIFF

Premiering earlier this week, I AM NOT ALONE was a breakout film at the Toronto International Film Festival, winning first-runner up for the The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award and garnering rave reviews. From the Hollywood Reporter: “Had they unfolded in a work of fiction, the events of I Am Not […]

“Don’t Break Down Released

From ROLLING STONE. “Jawbreaker, the influential post-hardcore band who notched the Number Four album on Rolling Stone’s 40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time with 1995’s Dear You, are now the subject of a documentary that is finally getting a wide release. Filmmakers first teased the picture, Don’t Break Down, two years ago but it […]

One Day at Disney

(Branded Web Series, 2019) We worked with South District Films and Endeavor Content to edit videos telling multiple stories of DISNEY employees. As part of this extensive project, Endeavor and Disney curated a robust list of documentary filmmakers to tell these stories. Launching in late 2019 on Disney Plus, this […]