in about 100 words or less
USA 107m, Colour
Director: Chris Smith; Cast: Mark Borchardt, Monica Borchardt, Ken Keen, Mike Schank, Bill Borchardt
American Movie is an engaging documentary about the life and work of Mark Borchardt, an independent Milwaukee filmmaker who attempts to make “Northwestern” the quintessential American movie – which is to be loosely based upon his early drinking days with his best friends. However, due to a lack of time, funding and resources, the film is put on indefinite hold. The documentary then follows Mark and company as he finishes a 1/2 hour horror flick entitled “Coven” which reveals Borchardt’s aspirations and angst as a frustrated 30 year old film-maker. Along this journey, we are also introduced to his equally challenging personal life, including an unforgettable relationship with uncle Bill who backs his film-making efforts, and his loyal friends who not only believe in Mark’s projects, but who contribute to them (Klaus Ming 2009).