Poltermann is a producer, director and editor, primarily working in documentary.
His first feature as a director/editor was the indie-horror film Aswang, which premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and would eventually become a cult favorite. Aswang led to editing documentary segments for John Pierson’s IFC show Split Screen in 1996, which in turn led to working as a co-producer on Chris Smith’s The Making of Northwestern. Poltermann eventually became the editor of Smith’s film which, renamed American Movie, would go on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
By the late 90’s, Poltermann was signed as a commercial director by Spoke Films, in Venice California. There he would direct national commercials for brands such as Coca Cola, Ford Motors, Hyundai, All-State Insurance, McDonalds and AT&T.
In 2004 he was asked to executive produce and consult on the edit for the Wu-Tang-Clan profile Rock the Bells (Warner Brothers). Later that year, he would also co-direct & edit The Life of Reilly, a performance documentary featuring game show fixture Charles Nelson Reilly. Both films were released in 2006, with a SXSW premiere for The Life of Reilly and a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival for Rock the Bells.
In 2006 Poltermann spent six months in India editing on location with director Chris Smith, helping to craft the highly improvised dramatic feature The Pool, which would win the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
Later in 2007, Poltermann founded About Face — a commercial production company, specializing in brand storytelling through documentary. At About Face he has worked as a creative director and supervising editor on numerous commercial documentaries for brands such as Wilson Sporting Goods, JP Morgan, FedEX and MasterCard.
In 2009 Poltermann would continue his collaboration with Smith by editing the feature documentary Collapse, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. Poltermann then worked as an Executive Producer for Chris Thompson‘s The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, which premiered at SXSW in 2012. Poltermann also did additional editing and creative consulting for both The Jeffrey Dammer Files and Collin Schiffli’s dramatic feature Animals, which premiered at SXSW in 2014; and Chris Thompson’s ESPN 30 For 30 MECCA: The Floor, which was also released in 2014.
In 2014 he collaborated with filmmakers Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coons (Napoleon Dynamite) by editing Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was theatrically released in the summer of 2016; and in 2016 edited ZEDD: True Colors — a feature documentary about the meteoric rise of the EDM star Zedd, which premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival.