Barry Poltermann | Editor/Story Supervisor

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

(Documentary Feature, 2017, Premiere Venice International Film Festival) In 1999, Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in the biopic Man on the Moon-but only after Carrey had convinced the renowned Czech director by nailing Kaufman in an audition. When Carrey heard that he had the part, […]

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. […]

Raiders!

(Documentary Feature, 2015, Premiere SXSW) There’s a good reason why TV and movies have adopted the disclaimer “Remember kids, don’t try this at home.” As inventive as they were impressionable, pint-sized super-fans Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb nearly killed themselves on multiple occasions attempting to remake the first […]

Animals

(Dramatic Feature, 2014, Winner SXSW) Bobbie and Jude are a young couple living in their broken-down car parked alongside Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Their days are a continuous ritual of theft and scoring until they must confront the difficult truth of their relationship after one of them is hospitalized. Here’s […]

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(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. […]

The Pool

(Dramatic Feature, 2007, Winner SUNDANCE Jury Prize) A boy in abject poverty works in a hotel and becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa, India. His life gets turned upside-down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family who lives at the house. Winner of the […]

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 […]