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American Movie -- AMERICAN MOVIE is the true-tale of amateur filmmaker Mark Borchardt as he attempts to complete his short horror film, COVEN. A documentary crew captures every moment of Mark's efforts in this absolutely hilarious, poignant look at the life of an aspiring auteur.
American Movie -- A hapless amateur filmmaker struggles to produce his latest horror film, "Coven."


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13 April 2000 (Australia) See more »
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 »
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  (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:
Dawn Borchardt ... Mark's Daughter
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 photography
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
Bob Fagan .... special thanks
Wrye Martin .... special thanks
Tony Morrone .... special thanks
Dean Silvers .... special thanks
Kathryn Tucker .... thanks

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

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The movie theater featured in the end of the film is the Times Cinema in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side. It specializes in obscure and independent films and is Milwaukee's sole surviving independent movie theater.See more »
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:
References Pocahontas (1995)See more »
Hopping On Mellow StonesSee more »


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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
This is the best documentary ever made., 23 August 2003
Author: Tiffany Bartok from New York

This documentary is the most hypnotizing film I have seen in a long while. I must have had it on for an entire day. The selected material included in the piece flow amazingly well and develop three characters that are impossible to ever forget. The different layers of these people peel back to make an oddly moving film about perseverance, loyalty and determination. These characters ended up suprisingly fascinating and the film is unforgettable.

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