The Attic

“Valley Clouds” Video

From Pitchfork: Sam Beam of Iron & Wine recently announced that he and singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop are releasing an LP of duets titled Love Letter for Fire. Today, they share the video for “Valley Clouds,” which appears on the album. In the video, directed by Erin Elders, Beam and Hoop bartend while an enthusiastic couple belt karaoke to […]

Satellite love

(Music Video, MARITIME, 2015) “Satellite Love” from Maritime’s upcoming album “Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones” available now on Dangerbird Records. Vice says: “Maritime’s sound is aging beautifully” and “all killer no filler”. The AV Club gives the album a very strong B+. And Paste Magazine says Maritime has a “musical identity […]

Once Upon A Time In Nashville

In “ONCE UPON A TIME IN NASHVILLE: THE DEATH OF HANK WILLIAMS” musician Don Helms recounts the death of Hank Williams. It is a short clip of a longer experimental documentary project that Frank Anderson is directing.  

Everyone’s Summer Of ’95

(Music Video, IRON & WINE, 2015) Celebrated singer-songwriter Iron & Wine has just released a new music video for “Everyone’s Summer Of ’95”, co-directed by September Clubber Erin Elders and featuring our friend David Dastmalchian (“Animals”). It’s an exclusive today on IndieWire. For over a decade, the prolific Sam Beam has been […]


(Music Video, MARITIME, 2015) Happy Milwaukee Day! From Maritime From The Milwaukee Record: Not including some live Whips covers we put out, Maritime hasn’t had a release since 2011’s great Human Hearts. The veteran indie rock band’s forthcoming record is currently in the mixing stage, but as yet another Milwaukee Day miracle, Maritime—a point […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. Before You from Michael T. Vollmann on Vimeo.

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 […]

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.

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 […]


(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 […]

Video Killed the Radio Star

(Music Video, ANAIS CROSE, 2010) From Manny Marquez… a cover of The Buggles song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by French songstress, Anaïs Croze. Anaïs Croze is also a member of the excellent band Nouvelle Vague. Shot in Echo Park, CA on my Arri BL 16mm camera, and an Angenieux 12-120 […]


(Music Performance, LITTLE JOY, 2010) Commissioned by Rough Trade Records to make something relaxed and intimate, Manny Marquez shot and edited this video for Little Joy in an old cabin in Echo Park, CA. It was set back in the woods between Sunset Blvd. and the 5 Freeway, along with a […]

You Don’t Know Her Name

(Music Video, MAPS, 2007) A lonely garage inventor builds a seven-foot, banruku style puppet, and then takes it to a town dance competition, in this music video for the UK based band, Maps. Shot in Wisconsin at the Historic Mill in Cedarburg, an art studio in Milwaukee’s Riverwest, and the Chandelier Ballroom in Hartford, the […]

Making “The Life of Reilly”

(“Making of” Featurette, 2005) In the fall of 2004 we spent one incredible week with the iconic television and stage star, Charles Nelson Reilly, shooting his stage show (which would later be released as “The Life of Reilly”. This series of short documentaries, shot by the September Club’s David Dahlman, […]

Hubbard Street

(Documentary Series Pitch, Un-produced Project, 2005) Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is among the most original forces in contemporary dance. As one of the only professional dance companies to perform year-round, Hubbard Street is continually touring nationwide and internationally. This is a brief glimpse into their life and culture.

The Starting Eleven

(Fundraising Trailer, 2005) Director Adrian Selkowitz spent months on his parents couch in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania throughout the High School soccer season 2005 documenting a dramatic season of the Central Dauphin Boy’s soccer team. The film was never finished, and all that remains is this promotional trailer.  

Enemy of the Stars

(Short Film, 2004) Mock trailer for a non-existent french new wave film. Directed by Wrye Martin, filmed by Mike Welckle, edited by Barry Poltermann. Circa 2002-ish. We never did anything with this except use it for the reel. It’s stuck in our memory though! For other music videos and odds and […]

The Making of ASWANG

(“Making of” Featurette, 2003) Our friends at Mondo Macabro made this half hour documentary for the DVD release of Aswang. It seemed like the perfect solution to an unwanted pregnancy. Marry the heir to a wealthy estate, deceive his dying mother, give them the baby when it’s born. Things are […]

Wowsville (Milk Powder)

(Mock Commercial, 2001) Powder milk is very good for you. Frank Anderson shot this spot with aged, baked film stock on very old 16mm and 8mm cameras. Another Purple Onion production.  


(Music Video, THE RIPTONES, 2001) Released in support of the Bloodshot Records realease “Buckshot”. By Frank Anderson. For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

Sunflower Cable

(Documentary Short, 1996, Premiere IFC Channel) Sunflower Cablevision was profiled in this piece from John Pierson’s Split Screen which debuted as part of episode #2, first broadcast in 1996.

What’s In Those Eyes

(Music Video, SPANIC BOYS, 1994) This one goes way back to ’94 from the “Spanic Family Album”.  All of the old footage is from original home movies.You can see Tom Spanic at 10 years old with his first electric guitar – a 1956 Blonde Stratocaster that he got for his birthday […]


(Dramatic Feature, 1994, Premiere SUNDANCE) On Friday, January 21, 1994 at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Aswang premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight Movie section. Shot on 16mm in the fall of 1992, it was a tongue in cheek cult horror film about a family of Filipino […]

21st Century Digital Boy

(Music Video, BAD RELIGION, 1991) Shot by Wrye Martin on the 1991 European world tour of Bad Religion by Wrye Martin on an SVHS camera and a Bolex. Edited by Barry Poltermann For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

Strange World

(Music Video, THE SPANIC BOYS, 1991) The first Spanic Boys video was done by Purple Onion in 1991, and made it to MTV and CMT. Matching ’59 Caddies, houses and dogs. Featuring Lori Minetti who later went on to become the Wisconsin Lottery Hostess and her twin sister Lisa. What can […]


(Music Video, THE MIDWESTERNERS, 1991) Steve “Buck” Farr directed this music vid for our friends The Midwesterners. Chris Barry shot it. 16mm film. Bad flicker but it kind of adds to it. No Budget!!! And here’s some “Behind-The-Scenes” footage. For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.

When I Belong To You

(Music Video, SIGRID, 1991) Wow. Just Wow. John Biesack directed this piece we did for our friend Butch Vig (of GARBAGE and NIRVANA fame). The guys from GARBAGE produced it. John Waters has nothing on this one. Wrye Martin shot. Featuring the notorious Mr. Nude America, the late great Dick […]

Dead Roo

(Music Video, COSMIC PSYCHOS, 1991) 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 […]

Viva Las Vegas

(Music Video, CALL ME BWANA, 1991) The first music video we ever did. May, 1991. For other music videos and odds and ends, explore the Attic.