American Movie
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It takes a village to make a movie, but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and not Hollywood, the results are at times bizarre, comical, and very American. With the help of his mother, his 82-year-old uncle, and a local cast of hilarious weirdos, filmmaker Mark Borchardt fights his way through internal and external roadblocks to achieve his goal, to make his movie, his way. His inspiration comes from films as disparate as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Seventh Seal, as well as his experiences growing up amid the grey skies, rusty cars, and ranch houses of Milwaukee's Northwest side. Spanning over two years of struggle, financial decline and spiritual crisis, American Movie is a story of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man's quest for the American Dream.
Starring Mark Borchardt, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt
Director Chris Smith