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American Movie (American Movie: The Making of Northwestern) (1999)

American Movie
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Mark Borchardt Mark Borchardt
Tom Schimmels Tom Schimmels
Actor in 'Coven'
Monica Borchardt Monica Borchardt
Mark's Mom
Alex Borchardt Alex Borchardt
Mark's Brother
Chris Borchardt Chris Borchardt
Mark's Brother
Ken Keen Ken Keen
Friend / Associate Producer
Mike Schank Mike Schank
Friend / Musician
Matt Weisman Matt Weisman
Casting director


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Description: Some people find this documentary depressing because it is about a man trapped by dreams larger than his resources. A 30-year-old slacker in a dead prairie town in Wisconsin dreams of making a horror flick. He has no money, no skills, no equipment, and no clue. Using beer money earned from delivering newspapers, he bullies his drug-addled friends into acting while he ineptly directs, often getting his elderly mom to help out as incompetent gripper. These scenes are very funny. For years his film is only talk, while he lounges in front of a TV, fights with his girlfriend in a trailer park, or tries to wheedle money from his senil ... (more)
Release date: 13 April 2000
UPC: 043396047020
Tags: Documentary (10), Money (4), Uncle Bill (4), Friends (4), Video (4), Filmmaker (4), 1990s (2), Independent Film (1), 1999 (1), Wisconsin (1), Movies (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Filmmaking (1), Sort (1), SnP (1), Thanksgiving (1), Comedy (1), Drugs (1), American Dream (1), True Films 200 (1)
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