Welcome to Asterlight

Producing content for film, television, podcast, and digital platforms, Asterlight invests in intellectual property and directors committed to unexpected points-of-view, first-hand accounts, and cutting-edge approaches. Visit Asterlight

Welcome to Asterlight

Producing content for film, television, podcast, and digital platforms, Asterlight invests in intellectual property and directors committed to unexpected points-of-view, first-hand accounts, and cutting-edge approaches. Visit Asterlight

About

Asterlight is an independent production company developing nonfiction and scripted projects grounded in vivid characters, histories and settings across all platforms including podcasts, films, and scripted series. Asterlight develops projects and invests in intellectual property and directors committed to unexpected points-of-view, cutting-edge approaches, and long-term connections to the worlds being featured. Based in San Francisco, Asterlight was founded in  2019 by Joe Poletto.

Recent & Upcoming Projects

The American Sector is a documentary that takes viewers on a fractured road trip to visit fragments of The Berlin Wall, scattered across the United States. The Berlin Wall fell on November 9th, 1989, but it still stands. Its concrete panels now installed as monuments to their own collapse. 

About

Asterlight is an independent production company developing nonfiction and scripted projects grounded in vivid characters, histories and settings across all platforms including podcasts, films, and scripted series. Asterlight develops projects and invests in intellectual property and directors committed to unexpected points-of-view, cutting-edge approaches, and long-term connections to the worlds being featured. Based in San Francisco, Asterlight was founded in  2019 by Joe Poletto.

Projects

The American Sector is a documentary about the Berlin Wall’s legacy in American political discourse. In one sense, the Berlin Wall fell on November 9th, 1989. But in another sense, it still stands, its concrete panels now installed as monuments to their own collapse.

From the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not, The American Sector captures the sixty-some locations, all across the United States, in which these public monuments have been installed. By exploring these sites, the film tries to answer: what does this obsolete German barrier represent to Americans today? Using observational footage, as well as extensive interviews with curators, tourists, and casual passersby, the film draws out the mix of symbolism and rhetoric, history and memory, that informs Americans’ recollections of the Cold War and, by extension, of the country’s current relationship to the world beyond its borders.