“Meltdown: Three Mile Island” Nominated for an Emmy


NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 44TH ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS NEW YORK (July 27, 2023) – Nominations for the 44th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced today by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). MELTDOWN: THREE MILE ISLAND, edited by Matt Prekop at September Club, was nominated as OUTSTANDING… more »



Ethan Hawke’s latest directorial effort, WILDCAT, will have a TIFF international premiere. September Club co-founder Barry Poltermann has been editing the drama for Hawke, continuing his collaboration which began with the 6-part Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward doc-series THE LAST MOVIE STARS. The film stars Maya Hawke as the celebrated author Flannery O’Connor and was shot… more »

A Disturbance in the Force SXSW Premiere


The premiere of A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE at SXSW was a great time, and the reviews are in! 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. What “Disturbance” arguably does best… [is] the way it maps a transitional moment between old showbiz razzle-dazzle and New Hollywood blockbuster entertainment. — Rolling Stone Maybe it really wasn’t all that… more »

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos wants employees to watch ‘The Romantics’


Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos spoke about recently launched documentary THE ROMANTICS, which was edited by our own Michael Vollmann, and documents the advent of Yash Raj Films and Yash Chopra’s legacy in Indian cinema. Sarandos emphasized how it helped him understand the country, its culture, and Indian cinema. Sarandos’s take on Indian culture, cinema Sarandos… more »

The Romantics premieres on Netflix to Acclaim and Huge Ratings


Shortly after DocNYC acclaimed THE ROMANTICS as their pick of the week, IndieWire called it “A stunning new docu-series — Essential and unprecendented”. We’ve been reading reviews today from all around the world, as THE ROMANTICS quickly became the most watched program in the world. Congratulations to editors Michael Vollmann and Michael Bourne on this… more »



From Variety: The American Cinema Editors (ACE) has nominated THE LAST MOVIE STARS for the 73rd annual ACE Eddie Awards. The winners will be announced during the ACE Eddie Awards on March 5 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (NON-THEATRICAL) “The Andy Warhol Diaries: Collab: Andy & Basquiat”- Steve Ross “George Carlin’s American Dream” –… more »

“THE ROMANTICS” to premiere on Netflix for Valentine’s Day


Variety announced today that “THE ROMANTICS”, edited by September Club’s Michael Vollmann and Michael Bourne, will premiere on February 14th throughout the world. From Netflix: Netflix will celebrate the cultural legacy of iconic Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra and his studio Yash Raj Films (YRF) with documentary series “The Romantics.” The star-studded, four-part series will feature… more »

“THE LAST MOVIE STARS” Wins Best Reviewed Docu-Series from Rotten Tomatoes


From Rotten Tomatoes: With one dino-sized exception in Prehistoric Planet, the best docuseries we got in 2022 tended to center on larger-than-life celebrities, from comedians like George Carlin and Bill Cosby (for very different reasons) to artists like Andy Warhol and Kanye West. Not only that, but the one that rose to the top of… more »



SXSW has announced the first wave of movie and television programming for its 2023 film festival, including its narrative, documentary, and television competition lineups. The lists includes the World Premiere of A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE, which was directed, produced and edited by our own Jeremy Coon. Travel back to a galaxy far, far away—the… more »



Thanks to DocNYC and Malikkah Rollins for inviting us to speak at Editing Day for DocNYC this weekend. Don Argott (Framing John DeLorean) hosted the panel, which DocNYC described as “a vibrant conversation with series director Ethan Hawke and editor Barry Poltermann as they go behind the scenes of their complex, acclaimed storytelling endeavor that… more »

MELTDOWN nominated for IDA Award


Congrats to Matt Prekop, with an assist from Michael Vollmann, for their masterful editing. Meltdown: Three Mile Island nominated for an IDA Award for best doc series! From Deadline: Best Multi-Part Documentary Nominees Children of the Underground (United States | FX | Directors/Executive Producers: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Ted Gesing | Producers: Grace Fardella, Giona Jefferson | Executive Producers:… more »

Gotham Award Nomination for THE LAST MOVIE STARS


The Last Movie Stars had been nominated for “Breakthrough Documentary Series” by the Gotham Awards. The nominations were announced live at Cipriani Wall Street, where the awards ceremony itself will take place next month, by actress Angelica Ross (Pose, American Horror Story, Chicago) and executive director of the Gotham Film & Media Institute, Jeffrey Sharp…. more »

The Last Movie Stars nominated for 2 Critics Choice Awards


Los Angeles, CA (Monday, October 17, 2022) — The Critics Choice Association (CCA) has announced the nominees for the Seventh Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA). The winners will be revealed at a Gala Event on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan, marking a change of venue and borough. The ceremony… more »

R.I.P. Mike Schank


Very, very sad to hear about the passing away of Mike Shank — the heart of American Movie. Nice tribute at the Milwaukee Record.

Erik Ljung video goes viral


Our own Erik Ljung caught some crazy shit on camera yesterday and posted it on his instagram — where it went super viral. From the New York Post: A well-dressed daredevil was seen mysteriously jumping between awnings of a Financial District high-rise before climbing into a window on Tuesday. In a viral video shared by… more »

Venice Premiere of BONNIE


A clip from the documentary BONNIE just dropped — in anticipation of the premiere at LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA. The film was co-edited by director Simon Wallon and our own Michael Vollmann. Some of the world’s most acclaimed actors owe their careers in no small measure to a single woman: Bonnie Timmermann. Without her, Liam… more »

LA Times Today: What happened behind the scenes of ‘The Last Movie Stars’


LA Times Today features Barry Poltermann, film editor, today at 7 p.m. Barry is the film editor of “The Last Movie Stars” — now a six-part docuseries from HBO Max. In the thick of the pandemic, actor and director Ethan Hawke rallied his actor friends to a series of Zooms where they became the voices… more »

September Club featured in FORBES


From Forbes: As a producer, director, story supervisor and editor, primarily working in the documentary field for about three decades, Barry Paltermann is also the co-founder of the production company The September Club. Specializing in documentaries for movies, television and streaming — from feature films to digital shorts and documentary series (like The Last Movie… more »

The Last Movie Stars is now Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!


The reviews are outstanding for THE LAST MOVIE STARS. It is now one of the best reviewed documentary series in history. The Last Movie Stars delivers the goods as a revealing retrospective of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s romance, but director Ethan Hawke elevates this docuseries into a revelatory exploration of marriage and stardom. And… more »

‘The Invisible Republic’ Trailer Drops


When war besieges the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Karabakh), writer and photographer Lika takes cover in a bunker — and begins to write a diary. Little does she know that her words will become not only the definitive chronicle of the brutal 44-day war, but also a universal portrait of a woman who undertakes a… more »

Cannes Premiere of ‘THE LAST MOVIE STARS’


From The Hollywood Reporter: Early in The Last Movie Stars, a longform documentary that manages to be both meta and charming, cerebral and deeply felt, Ethan Hawke is geeking out on Zoom with some of his fellow actors. The object of their professional appreciation and endearing enthusiasm is Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, together and… more »