Mark Borchardt was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He started making films at the age of fourteen with a super-8 camera that he bought from a garage sale for $40. After serving three years in the military he continued his cinematic endeavors at the local university. In the mid-nineties he wrote and produced Halloween radio dramas which were broadcast annually and won a fellowship from the Milwaukee Art Futures Board. Getting nowhere fast on the film front he decided to make a short horror film entitled, Coven (2000). He spent the next three and a half years writing, shooting and editing a troublesome project. This struggle was documented in "American Movie: The Making of Northwestern" (1999), which was picked up by Sony Classics and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Since then Mark has made five appearances on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) and has appeared in several movies. He has contributed to the book, "The Independent Film Experience" and has published several articles and short stories for multiple sources. In addition to print, Mark has written several plays, that have been featured and produced for events such as the Village Playhouse's Original One Act Festival, In Milwaukee, and a Samuel French Series at their Los Angeles location. He is working on his lifelong film, "Northwestern", has started writing "Coven 2" and is due to start production in the fall of 2018 on a new feature film script.
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