Barry Poltermann

Barry has edited numerous feature films, including the Sundance winning AMERICAN MOVIE, which he also worked on as a producer.


Barry Poltermann is the President and Creative Director of About Face.

In 1999 Barry founded and was the CEO of Civilian Pictures (Los Angeles). Civilian Pictures produced such acclaimed independent documentaries as the Wu-Tang-Clan profile Rock the Bells (2006, Warner Brothers), American Movie (1999, Grand Jury Prize-Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics) and The Life of Reilly, one of the most widely praised theatrical releases of 2007.

Barry also edited American Movie; directed and edited The Life of Reilly; acted as an Executive Producer on The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (SXSW, IFC Films); and edited both The Pool (2007 Special Jury Prize-Sundance Film Festival) and Collapse (2009) for director Chris Smith. Most recently he edited Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.  

Before founding About Face, Barry was a founder of the digital production company L’Orange Studios, which produced new media marketing projects for clients such as Disney, Activision and Microsoft.

Prior to working in independent film and new media, he founded and was president of Purple Onion Productions, a commercial film and video production company, and directed television commercials for Superior Street Productions (Chicago), and Neue Sentimental Films (Los Angeles). He has directed national campaigns for advertising agencies such as DDB Needham, Leo Burnett and JWT, and for brands such as Coca Cola, Ford Motors, All-State Insurance, McDonalds and AT&T.

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