The Filmmakers


Chris James Thompson / Director, Editor
Chris James Thompson began his career working underneath Director Chris Smith, with credits on the films: ‘The Pool’ ‘Collapse’ and ‘Suffering & Smiling’ . His first feature film ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’ premiered in competition at SXSW, was acquired by IFC, and became a New York Times Critics’ Pick. His recent films includes ‘MECCA: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous’ for ESPN 30-for-30, & ‘The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers’ which premiered at Sundance, was acquired by CNN Films and premiered on The Anderson Cooper Show.

Michael T. Vollmann / Cinematographer
Michael has worked in film & television for the past 7 years in LA and Milwaukee.  His credits include ‘side-splitting’ reality shows for CBS, 20th Television, MTV & HBO.  Michael now lives in Milwaukee and works as an editor and is currently in development on his own first feature film, LUSTER.  He is also a proud Brewers 10-pack season ticket holder.

Andrew Swant / Actor, Writer
Andrew Swant is an award-winning filmmaker whose previous projects include WILLIAM SHATNER’S GONZO BALLET (Best Documentary Marbella Int. FF’09), the infamous YouTube sensation WHAT WHAT (IN THE BUTT) (49 million+ views), and the production of Frankie Latina’s MODUS OPERANDI (AFI Film Fest’09). He is currently in post-production on a sci-fi comedy called HAMLET A.D.D.

Pam Bass / Subject
Pam was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but has lived in Milwaukee for most of her life.  She was living in The Oxford Apartments, directly across the hall from Jeffrey Dahmer for the six years leading up to the night of his arrest in 1991.

Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen / Subject
Dr. Jentzen served as Medical Examiner for Milwaukee County from 1987-2008, and was the lead pathologist on the Jeffrey Dahmer case in 1991. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National Association of Medical Examiners where he served as Vice-President in ’07 & President-elect in ’08.

Pat Kennedy, PhD / Subject
Patrick F. Kennedy served the Milwaukee Police Department for 21 years, with 12 as a homicide detective, and was the lead interrogator in the Jeffrey Dahmer investigation.  He has since retired and earned advanced degrees in the field of police education, training, and cultural competency.

Chris Smith / Executive Producer
Chris Smith is an accomplished filmmaker whose previous films include AMERICAN MOVIE, THE YES MEN, THE POOL, and COLLAPSE.

Barry Poltermann / Executive Producer
Barry Poltermann co-produced and edited the Sundance Award-Winning documentary AMERICAN MOVIE, edited the Sundance winning film THE POOL, and edited COLLAPSE which premiered at TIFF-’09.  He also directed a past SXSW premiere THE LIFE OF REILLY which was Rotten Tomatoes best-reviewed film of 2007, and was Executive Producer for the Wu-Tang-Clan documentary ROCK THE BELLS (Warner Brothers).  Poltermann is the CEO of About Face Media, a content marketing firm that utilizes documentary web video for social media marketing.

Jack Turner / Co-Producer
Formerly a studio acquisitions and production exec, he helped oversee such films as CAPOTE, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and HOTEL RWANDA. He was also a founding partner of White Buffalo Entertainment through which he has produced RACING DREAMS, WHICH WAY HOME, and COLD WEATHER.  He most recently became a partner in boutique financing entity, The Zoo, and produced the 2012 Sundance Documentary Competition film ME @ THE ZOO.

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