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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Jimmy Fallon and AMERICAN MOVIE

Jimmy Fallon sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to make a list of his five favorite comedy movies ever. This movie is called American Movie, and it’s a documentary comedy. Man, oh man, I remember seeing this film with Horatio Sanz: we were in the theater, and we were crying so […]

“Red, White & Wasted” Premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

Editor Michael Vollmann was on hand at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday for the world premiere of “Red, White & Wasted”. Early review from FILM PULSE: “Red, White & Wasted is an entertaining and, dare I say, fascinating look into this world that many of us simply aren’t a part of, […]

“The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” drops on Netflix

Launching tomorrow on Netflix — we were honored to be brought in as part of the team of editors to help put this mammoth undertaking together. From The Atlantic: “Over eight episodes, available on Netflix on March 15, the series compiles a staggering amount of information, patching together archival news […]


The Blood is at the Doorstep has had an inspired festival run and is finally available streaming as of today on SundanceNow, and is available to rent on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, VuduFans, Xbox & PlayStation starting September 28th. Here are some of the awards we’ve picked up over the last year for this amazing film. AWARDS The Hollywood […]

Jim & Andy gets an Emmy nomination

We are excited to announce that Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond has just been nominated for an Emmy in the category of “Documentary or Nonfiction Special”. The competition is tough!  The nominees are: Icarus Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony […]

Netflix buys JIM & ANDY

From Variety: Netflix has bought worldwide rights to “Jim & Andy,” Chris Smith’s documentary about Jim Carrey’s portrayal of comedian Andy Kaufman. The deal was announced Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie uses approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of “Man on the Moon” […]

“Jim & Andy” Premieres in Venice

Yesterday Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Jim & Andy was edited by September Club working with Vice Documentary Films. From Variety: “Man on the Moon” remains one of the most misunderstood great movies of the ’90s (a lot of people just saw it as Carrey […]

Jawbreaker Premiere in San Francisco

The band was on hand last night for the San Francisco premiere of Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker. Edited by Erin Elders and co-produced by Dan Didier. Don’t Break Down has been over a decade in the making, with the release of the film coinciding with the band’s […]

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 […]

Zedd: True Colors Released

Zedd: True Colors is now available for your viewing pleasure. Ever since its June premiere, fans have been waiting for the chance to see Zedd‘s documentary True Colors, based on his album of the same name. Directed by Susan Bonds and Alex Lieu (and edited by our own Barry Poltermann), the […]

“Zedd: True Colors” Premieres at LA Film Fest

A documentary on the EDM superstar ZEDD, which we’ve been editing lately here at September Club, premiered last night at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Highlights included an acoustic performance by Zedd playing with special guests Kesha, Echosmith and Aloe Blacc. Pretty fun night! “The documentary, directed by Susan Bonds and Alex […]

“Raiders!” is Released from the Well Of Souls

Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will be hitting select theaters and home video on June 17, just in time for the 35th anniversary of Spielberg’s action-adventure classic. Two of the original filmmakers—Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala—will also be hitting the road to promote the doc on […]

“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 […]

R.I.P. Tom Spanic

Sad to hear about the passing of our old friend Tom Spanic. Our sympathy goes out to Ian and all of his family. This music video was done by us (as Purple Onion) in 1991. Budget: $5,000. Chris Barry drove down from Minneapolis to be the DP. The lovely and talented […]

Smart Studios Story Premieres at SXSW

Our friends at Smart Studios finally get their due in a new documentary by Wendy Schneider, which just appeared at SXSW to great reviews. In this clip, we see our friends Donita Sparks (L7) and the September Club’s own Frank Anderson… who worked together on the score of our film […]

“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 […]

Rolling Stone Names Jawbreaker ‘Dear You’ As #4 Emo Album Of All Time

Interesting. Influential ’90s bay area punk band Jawbreaker is in the news. Rolling Stone named the band’s 1995 album ‘Dear You’ the #4 emo album of all time.  Why is that news at September Club? Because a feature documentary about the band — working title ‘Don’t Break Down’ — is being produced by […]

“Operation Allie” Screens At Big Sky

September Club founding director Manny Marquez‘s very personal short documentary “Operation Allie” is screening this week at the prestigious Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film features Manny’s own brother Anthony, a vet of the war in Afghanistan, on a quest to find one of his best friends from his days in […]

American Movie Receives Cinema Eye Legacy Award

Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner (1999) “American Movie” today received the Cinema Eye Legacy Award.  The film was edited by our own Barry Poltermann, working with co-editor Jun Diaz. At an awards lunch in Manhattan, Chris Smith (director/producer) accepted the award.  There will also be a screening of the film at […]

RAIDERS! Documentary Sells To Drafthouse Films

“Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”, a documentary by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen and edited by September Club, has sold to indie powerhouse Drafthouse Films. See the full story in Variety, but here’s a telling excerpt on future plans: Drafthouse plans a limited theatrical release […]

RAIDERS! Closes the MIFF

Jeremy Coon (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite) and Tim Irwin (Director, “We Jam Econo, the Story of the Minutemen”)… whom we collaborated with on RAIDERS!, were in town today and we had lunch with Mark Borchardt. RAIDERS! is the closing night film at the Milwaukee Film Festival tonight. We are all scheming […]

The Return of Surge Soda

Surge soda — a caffeinated drink from Coca Cola that had a cult following while it was produced between 1996 and 2003, is returning to the shelves. Why do we care? Because we (Barry Poltermann & Steve Farr) directed most of the SURGE commercials back in the late 90’s! (watch for the […]

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 […]

“Fast Company” Premieres in Nashville

“Fast Company” from director Jack Davidson premiered this Friday at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. More than 300 drummers from across the world faced off in the 2015 World’s Fastest Drummer (WFD) World Finals. Braxton Burke, twenty-one, from Langley, KY, took home the title as the Hands Champion, with […]

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.  

“IngerUcker: Beyond Fingerdome” Debuts

September Club’s own Manny Marquez‘s new documentary short is playing this weekend in Portland at the FILMED BY BIKE Film Festival. Manny  is a cycling enthusiast.  His love for the sport started while filming a September Club documentary for Trek at the 2009 Tour De France.  It has since changed […]

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 […]