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American Movie -- A hapless amateur filmmaker struggles to produce his latest horror film, "Coven."

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Release Date:
13 April 2000 (Australia) See more »
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Plot:
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Well Made Documentary; Heartbreaking See more (139 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Mark Borchardt ... Filmmaker
Tom Schimmels ... Actor in 'Coven'
Monica Borchardt ... Mark's Mom
Alex Borchardt ... Mark's Brother
Chris Borchardt ... Mark's Brother
Ken Keen ... Friend / Associate Producer
Mike Schank ... Friend / Musician
Matt Weisman ... Casting director
Bill Borchardt ... Mark's Uncle / Executive Producer (as Uncle Bill)
Cliff Borchardt ... Mark's Dad
Tom Beach ... Production manager
Joan Petrie ... Mark's Girlfriend / Associate Producer
Robert Richard Jorge ... Actor
Dean Allen ... Props / Special effects
Tommy Dallace ... The Movie Star
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miriam Frost ... Actor in 'Coven'

Billy Crystal ... Academy Awards EmCee (uncredited)

Louis Sather ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Smith 
 
Produced by
Jim McKay .... co-producer
Sarah Price .... producer
Chris Smith .... producer
Michael Stipe .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Mike Schank 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Jun Diaz 
Barry Poltermann 
 
Production Management
Paul Mezey .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Todd Leach .... sound
Didier Leplae .... sound
Alex Markowski .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Price .... sound
Doug Ruschaupt .... sound
Jason Tucker .... sound
Neil Whitacre .... sound
Peter Zinda .... sound designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sarah Price .... additional photographer
 
Editorial Department
Ray Chi .... associate editor (as Raymond Chi)
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Scott Reeder .... associate editor
Scott Wintheiser .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Julie Panebianco .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Todd Bishop .... titles: 16 mm
Dick Blau .... creative consultant
Patrick Buckley .... production assistant
Dane Didier .... production assistant
Dan Ollman .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Bob Fagan .... special thanks
Wrye Martin .... special thanks
Tony Morrone .... special thanks
Dean Silvers .... special thanks
Kathryn Tucker .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"American Movie: The Making of Northwestern" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some drug content
Runtime:
107 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36811)

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Trivia:
In the "elevator sequence" that is briefly shown as part of the movie "Coven", the actors that are portraying the doctors are wearing their driver's licenses on their lab coats instead of hospital staff identification badges.See more »
Quotes:
Mark Borchardt:There's no excuses, Paul. No one has ever, ever paid admission to see an excuse. No one has ever faced a black screen that says: "Well, if we had these set of circumstances, we would've shot this scene... so please forgive us and use your imagination." I've been to the movies hundreds of times. That's never occurred.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Storytelling (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bach FugueSee more »

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Well Made Documentary; Heartbreaking, 6 August 2003
Author: shark-43 from L.A. CA

This is a very well made documentary. I read some of the other comments and I get a feeling that a few of these viewers don't watch too many documentaries (and all the reality TV crap doesn't count). Yes, this movie is painful at times because of the ineptness of the horro film director struggling to get his pals and relatives to help him make his demonic movie. But it shows someone (however debatable his talent)following a dream, a passion, a desire to do something. To break out of his hellish life of debts, and child out of wedlock and dreary 9-5 job. The camera captures wonderful moments of human behavior and just like project Greenlight, it shows what happens when people get in over their heads with trying to just film a simple scene (or a scene where someone's head has to go through a cabinet, or an old man has to clearly say ONE line and can't, etc.) BUT, a much better documentary about the same world is the much earlier 1975 documentary Demon Lover Diary - where someone tagged along as these Michigan guys tried to make their horror film. Hard to track down but highly recommended.

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