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Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

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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'
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Academy Awards EmCee (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited)

Directed by

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Chris Smith

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Jim McKay ... co-producer
Sarah Price ... producer
Chris Smith ... producer
Michael Stipe ... co-producer

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Mike Schank

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Chris Smith

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Jun Diaz
Barry Poltermann

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Ray Chi ... associate editor (as Raymond Chi)
Mark Ginsberg ... color timer
Scott Reeder ... associate editor
Scott Wintheiser ... associate editor

Production Management

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Paul Mezey ... post-production supervisor

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Eric Flickinger ... re-recording mix technician
Todd Leach ... sound
Didier Leplae ... sound
Alexander Markowski ... re-recording mixer (as Alex Markowski)
Sarah Price ... sound
Doug Ruschaupt ... sound
Jason Tucker ... sound
Neil Whitacre ... sound
Peter Zinda ... sound designer

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Sarah Price ... additional photography

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Julie Panebianco ... music supervisor

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Todd Bishop ... titles: 16 mm
Dick Blau ... creative consultant
Patrick Buckley ... production assistant
Dane Didier ... production assistant
Dan Ollman ... production assistant

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Bob Fagan ... special thanks
Wrye Martin ... special thanks
Tony Morrone ... special thanks
Dean Silvers ... special thanks
Kathryn Tucker ... thanks

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Plot Summary

On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Mark Borchardt dreams the American dream: for him, it's making movies. Using relatives, local theater talent, slacker friends, his Mastercard, and $3,000 from his Uncle Bill, Mark strives over three years to finish "Coven," a short horror film. His own personal demons (alcohol, gambling, a dysfunctional family) plague him, but he desperately wants to overcome self-doubt and avoid failure. In moments of reflection, Mark sees his story as quintessentially American, and its the nature and nuance of his dream that this film explores. Written by

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Also Known As
  • American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (United States)
  • Amerykanski film: Jak powstawal Pólnocny Zachód (Poland)
  • A filmcsináló (Hungary)
  • Verta, hikeä ja filminauhaa (Finland)
  • Un film american (Romania)
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  • 107 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $20,260, 07 Nov 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia Mark Borchardt says the word "man" 151 times. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Bone Collector/Last Night/Liberty Heights/The Bachelor/American Movie/The Legend of 1900 (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Mr. Bojangles See more »
Quotes Mark Borchardt: 'Your AT&T Universal Card has arrived"? Oh God, kick-fucking-ass, I got a Master Card. I don't believe it, man. Life is kinda cool sometimes.
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