Author: Teddy Lyngaas

First Clip From the Definitive Jawbreaker Documentary Released

Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker. The new September Club documentary about one of the most influential acts of the 1990’s new punk scene has been in the works for ten years. The film explores the trajectory of the band’s career. In addition to interviews with the band members and […]

“The Blood is at the Doorstep” Premieres at SXSW

The new September Club feature length documentary three years in the making “The Blood is at The Doorstep” from Director Erik Ljung premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas tonight. The film edited by Michael Vollmann and produced by Barry Poltermann chronicles the fatal police shooting of Dontre Hamilton […]

“Local Man” Story on OPERATION ALLIE

 From Tulsa OK local news: Manny Marquez directed short documentary ‘OPERATION ALLIE’ is headed to the Gi Film Festival in Washington DC. It’s a touching portrait of his brother, Anthony, and dog, Allie. Whom were inseparable while deployed in Afghanistan. . Manny is clear that the documentary is not about PTSD or the […]

Jeremy Coon (Executive Producer / Founder)

Jeremy Coon produced and edited NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Sundance Film Festival, 2004) which has become one of the most profitable and culturally impactful indie films in history.   Jeremy also produced, edited and directed A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE, which premiered at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival; produced and edited THE SASQUATCH […]

Denis Henry Hennelly (director)

Denis Henry Hennelly has directed four feature films – Rock The Bells (Warner Home Video), Bold Native, and Goodbye World (Samuel Goldwyn Films), and The Animal People. 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 […]

Frank Anderson (writer/director)

Understatement Alert: Frank has led an interesting life. Born in the Philippines. Raised in rural Wisconsin. Played pedal steel guitar bars and beer halls as a teenager. After a stint as a ranch hand at a working cattle ranch he attended San Francisco State University, majoring in Japanese language and […]

Chris James Thompson (director)

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 […]

Matt Prekop (senior editor)

Matt recently completed works as a lead editor are on the Netflix productions of MELTDOWN: THREE MILE ISLAND, and MURDER AMONG THE MORMONS. He also worked as a supporting editor on Ethan Hawke’s acclaimed docs-series THE LAST MOVIE STARS. Previously to that, he was a lead editor on the 8-part Netflix […]

Tim Irwin (director)

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 […]

Casey Suchan (director and Creative Director)

Casey Suchan directed ROCK THE BELLS, a Warner Brothers documentary on the final performance of hip-hop artists Wu-Tang Clan, which premiered at Tribeca where it was picked up for distribution by Warner Brothers. Recently Casey directed THE ANIMAL PEOPLE — a feature documentary for Executive Producer Joaquin Phoenix about a precedent setting […]

Chris Smith (co-founder)

An accomplished filmmaker, Chris’ films include American Job (1996 Sundance Film Festival), American Movie (1999, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Sony Pictures Classics), Home Movie (2001, Sundance Film Festival), The Yes Men (2004, United Artists), The Pool (2008, Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival), and most recently Collapse, which premiered at […]

Dave Myszewski (editor)

Dave Myszewski is a video editor, animator, motion graphics artist, and videographer.

John Lyons Murphy (writer)

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.  […]

David Dahlman (biz dev)

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 […]

Jack Turner

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 […]

Patrick Buckley

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, […]

Ryan Dembroski (producer)

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 […]

Steve Roeder

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 […]

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 […]

Zedd: True Colors

(Documentary Feature, 2016, Premiere LA Film Festival) A countdown hits zero and EDM fans hit the ground running, scouring the city for clues to be the first to get exclusive tickets. Their destination? They have no idea. Embark on a journey with multi-platinum, Grammy winning, electronic dance music artist ZEDD. […]

Zera: Unsolved

(Feature Documentary) 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 […]

Mothers For Justice

(Feature Documentary) 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 […]

Art Shay

(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 […]

Jonny Leahan (producer)

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 […]

Amanda Griffin (editor)

Amanda Griffin is a film editor based in Los Angeles. Originally from the Midwest, she graduated from The University of Iowa with a BA in Cinema and Comparative Literature in 2010. She found that Filmmaking was a way to combine her interests in fine art, film theory, and photography. She has […]

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 […]

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 […]

After the Apocalypse

(Feature Documentary, Work in Progress) On the murky brown river that runs from Pagsanjan Falls in the Philippines there is a particular bend. Every few minutes, boatloads of tourists paddle noisily by in plastic canoes, but no one takes any notice of this spot, and it’s not hard to see […]


(Documentary Feature, 2014, Premiere MIFF) Oklahoma garbageman Victor Marquez has held a lifelong dream of creating gruesome makeup effects for Hollywood movies, but life got in the way and Victor deferred his dream to start a family with the love of his life. Twenty-five years later, husband and wife pool […]

With a Purpose

(Branded Documentary Short) Medtronic needed to show that, from top to bottom, its people are always working to help patients live healthier, fuller lives. We meet Medtronic GI Solutions UK Territory Manager Lin-Lee Aspin and hit the road with her on a multi-city tour as she fights an insidious killer, […]


(Documentary Short, 2013, Premiere ESPN “30 for 30”) The rust-belt city of Milwaukee, WI, used public funds to commission an eccentric, openly-gay artist Robert Indiana to paint the Bucks basketball floor in the 1970’s. But after the Bucks moved across the street to the newly constructed Bradley Center, the MECCA […]

The Jeffery Dahmer Files

(Documentary Feature, 2012, Premiere SXSW) In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. Through the use of archival footage and interviews with the local medical examiner, police detective, and Dahmer’s neighbors, this […]


(Documentary Feature, 2009, Premiere TIFF) Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the 2008 financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most of Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. […]

Rock The Bells

(Documentary Feature, 2006, Premiere TRIBECA) Personifying the fierce independence and do-it-yourself spirit of the Hip Hop movement, festival producer Chang Weisberg puts everything on the line for his impossible dream of reuniting notorious no-shows The Wu-Tang Clan. In July 2004, concert promoter Chang Weisberg organized a hip-hop festival in San […]

The Life of Reilly

(Documentary Feature, 2006, Premiere SXSW) As a child, game-show fixture Charles Nelson Reilly had a lobotomized aunt, an institutionalized father, a racist mother, and was the only gay kid on the block. So how did he end up a Tony winner, a staple of television, and a generational icon?  The […]

American Movie

(Documentary Feature, 1999, Winner SUNDANCE Grand Prize) On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Mark Borchardt dreams the American dream: for him, it’s making movies. Using relatives, local theater talent, slacker friends, his Mastercard, and $3,000 from his Uncle Bill, Mark strives over three years to finish Coven, a short horror […]