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American Movie

Released 1999
Distributor Sony Pictures Classics

What should be a comedy of errors about a hapless filmmaker’s efforts to complete a low, low budget horror film becomes instead a poignant tale about dodging life’s slings and arrows in order to follow your dreams. The film’s main dreamer is the Quixote-like Mark Borchardt, a lanky Milwaukeean determined to produce his movie come hell or high water. He even has his own Sancho Panza in Mike Schank, the rotund friend enlisted to write the film’s score. Director Chris Smith films his two heroes tilting at every windmill that comes their way and revels in their eventual success, unexpected as it is. Smith’s film was successful as well, winning the Grand Prize at Sundance in 1999.

About Ti West

Ti West is the writer and director of The Roost, Trigger Man, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S/ (Second Honeymoon) & The Sacrament.  In general, he is a big fan of movies and the trailers that come before them.