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American Movie

1 Hr. 47 Min.
Screening format: 35mm

Co-star Mike Schank in attendance for post-film Q&A!


Part of the Party Like It's 1999 series, sponsored by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee!


Party Like It's 1999! 35mm!

A documentary crew captures every moment of amateur filmmaker Mark Borchardt's tortured attempts to complete his short horror film, Coven.


"...American Movie remains a peerless feature doc. 17 years after its initial release, it remains a vital part of the non-fiction canon, a warm look at artistic folly that speaks to the delusional dreamer in all of us."
- POV Magazine


"With American Movie, director Chris Smith finds the heart of cinema in the unlikely environs of Milwaukee."
- City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul


"If you've ever wanted to make a movie, see American Movie, a documentary about someone who wants to make a movie more than you do."
- Roger Ebert

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