The Filmmakers

Chris James Thompson / Director, Editor
Chris James Thompson began his career underneath director Chris Smith, with credits on ‘The Pool’, ‘Collapse’, & ‘Suffering & Smiling’. His directorial feature debut ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’ premiered in competition at SXSW, was acquired & released theatrically by IFC, & became a New York Times Critic’s Pick. His recent films include: ‘The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous’ for ESPN 30for30 which won an Emmy for Short-Format Series, and ‘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 T. Vollmann began his career editing shows for HBO, MTV, CBS and 20th Television. He recently edited the feature documentary The Blood Is at the Doorstep (2017) which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. Previously, Michael directed the documentary short The 414s (2015) which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by CNN Films, edited the ESPN 30-for30 short 30 for 30 Shorts: MECCA: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous (2014) and was director of photography on The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012) which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, became a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and was acquired by IFC.

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). Swant recently directed Silently Steal Away (2017), which played at Hot Docs and stars Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver). He also produced The Dundee Project (2017), Mark Borchardt’s follow-up to Coven (2000), which screened at Slamdance and Fantastic Fest.

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 retired and earned advanced degrees in the field of police education, training, and cultural competency. Pat unexpectedly passed away in 2013 at his home in Milwaukee.

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.