American Movie

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  107 min.
Release Date: November 12, 1999

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Cast: Geena Davis, Jewel Kilcher, Hilary Swank


Set in his hometown of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, this docu-comedy is the story of filmmaker Mark Borchardt, his mission, and his dream. With the help of his mother, his 82-year old uncle, and a local cast of hilarious characters, Borchardt fights his way through internal and external roadblocks to achieve his goal--to make his movie, his way. Spanning over two years of intense struggle with his film, his family, financial decline, and spiritual crisis, the film is a portrayal of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man's quest for the American dream.

His inspiration comes from distinct films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Seventh Seal, as well as his experiences growing up amidst the grey skies, rusty cars, and ranch houses of Milwaukee's Northwest side.

Director: Jodie Foster
Studio: Blackwatch Releasing
Producer(s): Oded Fehr, Mike Mitchell, Jack Giarraputo
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