$15 (*Film Block)
The September Club
Anthony Marquez, a former Marine and military dog handler, has returned from Afghanistan. He lost 17 friends in the war, and has been suffering from the effects of PTSD. When he finds out that the dog that he went through the war with, Allie, is being retired from the Marine Corp, he sets out to adopt her. This is the story of his journey to be reunited with his best friend, and the comfort they can provide for each other after what they’ve been through together.
Manny Marquez – Director
Manny Marquez fell in love with storytelling at age 7. A family friend gifted him a subscription to Ranger Rick Magazine, and Manny couldn’t wait for the newest issues to come in the mail. Inspired, he began to write his own stories. Soon after, his mother gave him a Fisher Price 110 camera. It wasn’t long before he and his cousins started production on a video series, an attempt to create their own Star Trek spin off.
An Eagle Scout, Manny received a scholarship for a film he made as part of his cinematography merit badge. He soon headed to California to pursue a degree in film writing and directing from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His final project Rudolph Florence premiered on the PBS series Fine Cut and was one of 5 films chosen for the USC Crossroads Film Festival in 2003. His writing and directing experience helped him become a part of Film Independent’s, Project Involve. Manny’s mentor was Larry Karaszewski, screenwriter of Ed Wood, Man on the Man, The People vs Larry Flint, and many other screenplays. Manny was honored by the First Americans in the Arts association, and also received the Barbra Boyle Scholarship.
The real defining moment of his career came when he decided he was going to make his own documentary. Manny’s uncle, a garbage man that had wanted to be a special effects make-up artist, was taking his life savings and building a haunted house theme park. This led him to meet Barry Poltermann, who began helping on the post-production of the project. Manny now lives in Hood River, Oregon with his wife Leigh and their two sons, Gus and Levon.