American Movie Image

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

Summary: On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Mark Borchardt dreams the American dream: for him, it's making movies. Using relatives, local theater talent, slacker friends, his Mastercard, and $3,000 from his Uncle Bill, Mark strives over three years to finish "Covan," a short horror film. His own personal demons (alcohol, gambling, a dysfunctional family) plague him, but he desperately wants to overcome self-doubt and avoid failure. In moments of reflection, Mark sees his story as quintessentially American, and its the nature and nuance of his dream that this film explores.
Runtime: 107 min
Rating: Rated R for language and some drug content.
Production: Civilian Pictures
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: May 23, 2000
Director Credit
Chris Smith Director
Principal Cast Credit
Mark Borchardt Filmmaker
Mike Schank Friend/Musician
Cast Credit
Alex Borchardt Mark's Brother
Bill Borchardt Mark's Uncle/Executive Producer
Chris Borchardt Mark's Brother
Cliff Borchardt Mark's Dad
Dean Allen Props/Special Effects
Joan Petrie Mark's Girlfriend/Associate Producer
Ken Keen Friend/Associate Producer
Matt Weisman Casting Director
Monica Borchardt Mark's Mom
Robert Richard Jorge Actor
Tom Beach Production Manager
Tom Schimmels Actor In 'Coven'
Tommy Dallace The Movie Star
Producer Credit
Chris Smith Producer
Jim McKay Co-Producer
Michael Stipe Co-Producer
Sarah Price Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: