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 »

‘Meltdown: Three Mile Island’ Is a Methodical Look at an American Disaster


“Meltdown: Three Mile Island” is launching on Netflix to great reviews, including today’s from VARIETY: The partial meltdown at the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 was a perfect coalescing of factors in two senses. First, a series of cascading mechanical and human errors brought the plant close to a… more »

The Last Movie Stars @ SXSW


SXSW previewed the first episode of “The Last Movie Stars” today at The Paramount Theater at SXSW. Richard Linklater was there to do the Q&A with Ethan. From IndieWire: With five additional chapters to “The Last Movie Stars” still to go, it’s unknown whether the doc will maintain the balance of documentary with acting class… more »

Make|Shift wins a Clio


Today we learned that our branded feature documentary Make|Shift won a Clio for Branded Entertainment & Content within the Business-to-Business category. alongside mega-brands like NFL, Chipotle, Amazon, Google and the Simpsons. Only 11 projects in the world medaled.



The IDA announced today that: Whirlybird, a film about the couple who pioneered helicopter news coverage in Los Angeles, has won the ABC News VideoSource Award. This Award goes to the film that best utilizes contemporary or historical factual footage shot for use in context such as newsreels, news specials, magazines or nightly news. Whirlybird (USA… more »

Matt Yoka Remembers Whirlybird Premiere


Talkhouse just published a great piece written by director Matt Yoka recollecting the premiere of WHIRLYBIRD. For those of us who were there, it brought back a lot of memories. From the article: It was a new chapter in the ongoing saga of a city built on dreams and nightmares. Another mythical L.A. icon had… more »

“The Cleaner” Premiere


Congratulations to Matt Prekop and Erin Elders… The world premiere of their film “The Cleaner” took place at the Catalina Film Festival as the festival’s closing night film at the historic Avalon Theater. King Orba was awarded Best ACTOR for the festival. Screen Magazine calls the film “a taut and moving emotional drama.” Here is a… more »

R.I.P. Alley


Tulsa TV-6 news reports on the moving tribute given to ALLEY, the subject of our heart warming festival-favorite short film, OPERATION ALLEY. We are currently making a feature length documentary on Anthony Marquez and his squad who served together — with Alley — in Afghanistan. A U.S. Marine said goodbye to the dog he served… more »



“Whirlybird” opens this weekend in major markets. Some early reviews: “Whirlybird” proves a memorably evocative time capsule of 1980s and ’90s Los Angeles and the people who made – and captured – the news, as well as a stirring portrait of regret. — Los Angeles Times Drawing on an amazing video stockpile from the 1980s… more »

Boys State Nominated for an Emmy


BOYS STATE directors/producers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine from this morning following their two Emmy nominations this morning for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program. “Our journey with Boys State has been one of continuous surprise. This latest turn of events is as thrilling as Steven Garza’s underdog campaign for… more »

AMERICAN MOVIE on the Criterion Channel


American Movie will be arriving on The Criterion Channel in July. Their synopsis: “It takes a village to make a movie, but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the results are bizarre, comical, and quintessentially American. With the help of his mother, his eighty-two-year-old uncle, and a local cast of oddballs, DIY filmmaker Mark… more »