Airdate: American Movie

ABC2 has been screening some pretty interesting docos on Sunday nights and tonight it has American Movie in which filmmaker Mark Borchardt is just trying to finish his horror movie in Wisconsin -yet it’s all just a comedy of trailer-trash errors.

This is a Sundance winner and the perfect alternative to commercial offerings. Borchardt has since gone on to become a cult figure, including an appearance in Family Guy.¬†Famous for not being famous…..

It takes a village to make a movie, but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and not Hollywood, CA, 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 and lovable characters, filmmaker Mark Borchardt fights his way through internal and external roadblocks to achieve his goal – to make his movie, his way.

Mark’s vision for his dream film is unlike most in independent filmmaking today. His inspiration comes from films as disparate as 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 north west side.

American Movie is the story of filmmaker Mark Borchardt, his mission, and his dream. Spanning two years of intense struggle with his film, his family, financial decline and spiritual crisis, American Movie is a portrayal of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man’s quest for the American Dream.

8:30pm Sunday 20 May on ABC2 (repeated Wednesday 11pm).


  1. Kudos to ABC2 for this excellent Sunday night documentary show – there have been some amazing docos on, some I’d never even heard of before. It’s the kind of unique programming that should be happening on the mutli’s and makes ABC2 a fresh, viable channel.

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