THE POOL’s UK Theatrical Release

  Barry Poltermann and Chris Smith editing THE POOL. just announced the UK release of THE POOL.  The film was directed by Chris Smith and edited by Barry Poltermann: The Pool received the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected by the Museum of Modern Art in New […]

Little Fish “Darling Dear” Music Video

Videostatic just raved about the latest music video from Manny Marquez, one of our favorite SeptemberClub documentarians who moonlights as a music video director: “Director Manny Marquez captures the propulsive qualities of the track with this b&w ode mash-up of French New Wave and A Hard Days Night, letting Little Fish singer Juju […]

Collapse Polarizes the Critics

Tonight was the NY Premiere of COLLAPSE, the latest documentary Barry edited for Chris Smith.  From Barry: “When I saw the first raw footage that Chris was shooting in Los Angeles I knew it would be a polarizing film.  If we did our jobs well the reception would be wildly unpredictable, […]

Weird Al Gives CNR Some Love

Weird Al’s new video tribute to Charles Nelson Reilly dropped recently. We recently had the chance to meet him and give him a copy of “The Life of Reilly”. Looks like he enjoyed it — see this recent interview from Bullz-Eye: BE: With “CNR,” your tribute to Charles Nelson Reilly, was […]

The Making of The Pool

Thanks to Chris Thompson for creating the featurette “The Making of The Pool”, which is premiering this week at the Milwaukee International Film Festival. The 55-minute  film chronicles the team making, you guessed it, “The Pool”, Chris Smith‘s latest. It documents pretty nicely the editing process — in a nail biting sequence […]


The reviews are in from the premier of our latest editorial effort, COLLAPSE, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. From ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS: Acclaimed filmmaker Chris Smith (AMERICAN MOVIE, THE YES MEN) returns to nonfiction (after a brief dalliance with narrative THE POOL) to tell the story of Michael […]

Alex Gibney at TDF

While shooting a branded content piece for TREK BIKES today we ran into Alex Gibney. He was kind enough to let us film him for this piece. He’s at the Tour de France doing a documentary on Lance Armstrong and we were able to get his take on the growing […]

“The Life of Reilly” wins… T-Shirt contest?

Score one for our good friend Matt Frost! Matt just won a contest sponsored by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate for his “STOP THE WAR” T-shirt designed for the highly acclaimed feature doc “The Life of Reilly” (starring the late, great Charles Nelson Reilly, and directed by our very own Barry Poltermann and Frank […]

Actor Dom DeLuise Dead at 75

We will miss Dom DeLuise, who passed away yesterday. He was kind enough to record commentary track for the DVD release of our film “The Life of Reilly”, about his friend Charles Nelson Reilly. This video was captured during the recording of the DVD commentary track.

Free “Life of Reilly” DVD!

Directors Barry Poltermann and Frank Anderson give the inside story behind the delayed release of the wildly acclaimed Charles Nelson Reilly masterpiece “The Life of Reilly”. While supplies last, get a free DVD at!

Editing on “The Pool”

We just came across this analysis of “The Pool” on JJ Murphy’s Independent Cinema blog… with a lot of discussion on the role of the editor, our fearless leader Barry Poltermann: “Smith would shoot a scene and editor Barry Poltermann would assemble a rough cut on the fly. They would view it […]

Modus Operandi

A lot of us here at the September Club helped director Frankie Latina produce the dedicated cult opus “Modus Operandi”. It just premiered at CineVegas 2009 Two briefcases with mysterious contents are stolen from top Presidential candidate Squire Parks, setting off a deadly series of double-crosses and betrayals. The film stars Randy Russell, American Movie‘s […]

Mondo Lucha Debuts

We are proud to be sponsors of our own Andrew Gorzalski’s latest project, the Mondo Lucha Variety Show — debuting at Turner Hall Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Mondo Lucha draws inspiration from performance art’s strange, seedy past with enough retro kitsch to fill a historic ballroom. It […]

“The Pool” Premiere – NY

THE POOL’s NY Premiere was a great time.  It was Wednesday night at the Film Forum in NYC and the party after was across the street at Steak Frites. From The New York Times: In “The Pool,” a recurrent image that develops into a symbol of the gap between affluence and poverty shows […]

Manny Marquez wraps on “Psychopath”

  I first met Manny Marquez in 2004. My friend Donita Sparks introduced me to Manny. Donita is a musician (you may remember her as the lead singer of punk/grunge band L7) and Manny was part of the music video scene in Los Angeles. Manny stopped by the office and […]

“The Pool” Opens in NY Next Friday

Our own Barry Poltermann spent five months in India back in 2006 editing Chris Smith’s latest, “The Pool”, which won the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “The Pool” opens this weekend in New York at the Film Forum. This is the second time that Barry has collaborated […]

Modus Operandi

From Milwaukee Magazine: Local filmmaker Frankie Latina brings some national attention to Milwaukee’s film underground with his latest project, “Modus Operandi.” The film, which is described on IMDB as “a revenge tale about a desperate C.I.A. agent on a mission to find the man who murdered his wife,” is still […]

“Rock the Bells” – One of the Best Concert Documentaries of All Time

This is kind of cool… San Francisco’s A+E Interactive names their top ten concert docs of all time.  “Rock the Bells”, directed by September Club directors Denis Henry Hennelly and Casey Suchan, makes the list at number 6. Denis and Casey join the likes of Demme, Pennebaker and Scorcese. Lot’s of us involved […]

“Life of Reilly” The Year’s Best Reviewed Film

As we reach the end of 2007, September Club luminaries Barry Poltermann and Frank Anderson’s “The Life of Reilly” retains a perfect “100% Fresh” rating from critics at Rotten Tomatoes and is currently listed as the best reviewed film of 2007.  Here is the trailer from the SXSW premiere: In case that isn’t cool […]

Stiller and Meara Join us for LIFE OF REILLY Premiere

“The Life of Reilly” had a great premiere tonight at the Cinema Village in New York. We had a pre-party at the Paris Commune. After the screening Stiller and Meara joined us for a great Q&A, excerpted in this video. Wish CNR could have made it… you were missed.

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 […]


Sad news today. Our friend Charles Nelson Reilly passed away over the weekend. From the New York Times: Charles Nelson Reilly, who acted and directed on Broadway but came to be best known for his campy television appearances on talk shows and “Match Game,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. […]


(Music Video, 2007, Elanie Mandell) This video is part one of a trilogy of videos directed and edited by Manny Marquez, all three of them dedicated to some part of cinema history. “Girls” represents the French New Wave and more specifically Godard’s Breathless. Watch for a young Manny as The Photographer! […]

“Rock The Bells” Opens in NYC

The “New York Times” gave us a great review today for ROCK THE BELLS to make for the perfect beginning to the film’s NYC theatrical premiere. “Rock the Bells” is the story of one man’s labor of love to reunite the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan for a 2004 […]

Life of Reilly on HDNet

Profile on the film “The Life of Reilly” on HDNet’s HIGHER DEFINITION, hosted by film critic Robert Wilonsky.

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, […]

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 […]


(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.

“American Movie” on At The Movies

From Roger Ebert’s Review of AMERICAN MOVIE: “If you’ve ever wanted to make a movie, see “American Movie,” a documentary about someone who wants to make a movie more than you do. Mark Borchardt may want to make a movie more than anyone else in the world. He is a 30-year-old, odd-job […]

American Movie wins the Grand Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival! Chris Smith‘s “American Movie,” which was produced by C-Hundred Film Corp‘s Jim McKay and Michael Stipe, won the documentary competition Grand Jury Prize. The film, which douments Midwest filmmaker Mark Borchardt, was acquired this week by Sony […]

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 […]