Magazine article New Internationalist

[American Movie]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[American Movie]

Article excerpt

It should come as no surprise that this small documentary film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. American Movie has a huge heart that is impossible to resist. It portrays ordinary people motivated by a genuine creative yearning that does not seek to elevate their status in society so much as root them further into where they are. In doing so the film reminds us that creative expression is not limited to some unique notion of sensitivity confined to an elite.

Mark Borchardt, the main character, is a frustrated film 'director' for whom making movies is everything. Since the age of 14, when he started filming on an old Super-8 movie camera, every waking hour has been filled with the mythology of filmmaking.

He has to weather a storm of interruptions, however. There's lack of discipline, for a start; a stint in the army; the disruptions of alcohol abuse -- and of course, the question of money. …

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