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 […]

Animals Trailer Launches

The trailer for ANIMALS dropped today, and The Dissolve says: The first trailer for Animals makes it pretty clear why the film struck such a chord with the SXSW audience. It’s not over-the-top, melodramatic, or cheap, and despite a short runtime—less than two minutes—it delivers the maximum of emotion and story. It’s […]

RAIDERS! Premieres At SXSW

Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s documentary “Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made” premiered this week at SXSW. We edited “Raiders!” here at September Club… with our own Barry Poltermann taking the lead. IndieWire: Raiders! is an exhilarating documentary for anybody who has dreamed big. SlashFilm:  It’s […]

CNN Acquires The 414s

CNN has acquired “The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers” out of Sundance. The short documentary was directed by Michael Vollmann (our Senior Editor) and produced by Chris James Thompson (“The Jeffrey Dammer Files”, “MECCA: The Floor”)… one of our most prolific directors. From Filmmaker Magazine. The documentary will lead off […]

Hacker Documentary The 414s Premieres At Sundance

September Club director Chris James Thompson and Head Editor Michael T. Vollmann‘s newest short documentary, “The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers”, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The film, directed by Vollmann and produced by Thompson, examines the first widely recognized computer hackers, a group of Milwaukee teenagers who broke […]

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 […]

ESPN 30 For 30 Shorts Wins Emmy Award

We are excited to see that ESPN’s 30 For 30 Shorts won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Non-Fiction Program. We contributed to the series with Chris James Thompson and Michael Vollmann‘s “MECCA: The Floor” 30 for 30 Shorts was nominated alongside other popular programs “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee,” “COSMOS: A […]

Happy 35th Birthday, Manny

Happy birthday to the amazing Manny Marquez. From all of us at September Club. Courtesy of Michael Vollmann.

September Club’s New ESPN 30 for 30 Short

In the newest ESPN 30 for 30 short “MECCA: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous” filmmaker Chris James Thompson has captured a unique, however unlikely, piece of Milwaukee sports and art history lore.  The Mecca Arena, as it was once called, (now the U.S. Cellular Arena) was home to the Milwaukee Bucks (1970 – 88) […]

Five Days From Levon

From Manny Marquez: “This film documents the days leading up to the birth of my second son, Levon. My wife was almost two weeks overdue with the baby. Although anxious in awaiting the birth, I was inspired to watch my wife and oldest son, Gus, just loving each other and […]

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, […]

Michael Ruppert, 1951-2014

We are sad to hear that our friend Michael Ruppert had died. He was 63. Michael was the subject of the documentary, COLLAPSE, which we edited in 2009. This is Michael’s last broadcast of the Lifeboat Hour on PRN 13 April 2014.

Animals Wins SXSW Special Jury Prize

David Dastmalchian won a well deserved Special Jury Prize for his performance in “Animals” . David wrote and stars in the film Animals. According to Variety: The jury awarded him for his physically demanding portrayal of a homeless addict. “I hope that anyone who sees this movie remembers, you never give up on […]

The Dissolve Profiles “American Movie”

We are very flattered and excited to see that the “The Dissolve” is profiling “American Movie” as their featured movie of the week. If you aren’t familiar with “The Dissolve”, it’s the best film writing out there right now — made up primarily of former film critics from the Onion’s AVClub and […]

ASWANG Blog Roundup

 From Soresport Movies… “When a trespasser on the land needs to be dealt with so we see how the Aswang can create a mucus sack around the victim and save the person for consumption later. This of course is never really explained in the legend. Do these creature eat live […]

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.

Vollmann Awarded MIFF Filmmaker-In-Residence

Michael T. Vollman’s Before You won the Cream City Cinema Filmmaker-in-Residence prize. Before You is a beautifully shot, lyrically composed lullaby of sorts which illustrates how the arrival of the filmmaker’s infant daughter was a total game changer. Michael says: “When I begin any edit, I have two main goals – to make […]

Kumar Pallana Dies at 94

Sad to hear that Kumar passed away. We’ll never forget the fun time we had with him last year when he was in town working on Frankie Latina‘s new movie, SNAP SHOT. From The New York Times: Kumar Pallana, an Indian plate spinner turned Texas yoga instructor turned — in his late […]

PSYCHOPATH Finishing Touches

Manny Marquez is down in Oklahoma shooting what we hope will be the final round of pickups and interviews for his documentary epic, PSYCHOPATH. The rest of the film is based upon footage shot back in 2005 and 2010. Lots has happened during these nearly ten years, and the edit is coming together […]

“American Movie” Kicks off NEXT Festival

Everyone had a great time at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the Sundance Institute just kicked off it’s new LA based film festival, NEXT WEEKEND — with “American Movie.” Press materials said it is “a film that exemplifies what NEXT Weekend is all about: an undying passion to make films against all odds and […]

Blokes You Can Trust

The trailer for the new Cosmic Psychos documentary BLOKES YOU CAN TRUST just launched. We were happy to see that our ancient music video for DEAD ROO is featured in the film (and trailer). Some say that Kurt Cobain’s favorite band was the Cosmic Psychos (he was often spotted wearing […]

Frankie Latina Closes Kickstarter Funding

Congratulations to Frankie Latina for raising over $76,000 on Kickstarter to make his new film, Snap Shot. The project stars Danny Trejo, and was written by Trejo’s son, Gilbert. We helped him edit his promo trailer. (In a pretty awesome Kickstarter prize for that film, you could pledge $5000 to be murdered onscreen by […]

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.

RIP Marques Bovre

Sad news from our friend Frank Anderson… songwriter/musician, Marques Bovre, passed away after a two year battle with brain cancer. From Frank’s Wisconsinology blog: Marques lead the great Madison-based band Marques Bovre and the Evil Twins. Although the band’s popularity peaked in the early 90’s, they continued off and on to […]

“The Aswang Phenomenon”

We suspect that, without “Google Alerts”, this one would have passed us by: Canadian filmmaker Jordan Clark first encountered the aswang in Wrye Martin and Barry Poltermann‘s 1994 film “Aswang.” Six years after seeing the film, Clark visited the Philippines, where he observed how Filipinos were both religious and superstitious. Wanting to […]

100 Things You Should Know About Cinema

Frank Anderson just posted this piece for his film students: 100 Things You Should Know Before You Graduate, Part I”. “I put this together for my students. Thanks to Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Bowers, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, George Melies, Abel Gance, The Lumiere Brothers,Thomas Edison and […]