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"American Movie" is a 1999 documentary directed by Chris Smith. The film chronicles the real 1996-1997 making of Coven, an independent horror film directed by an independent filmmaker named Mark Borchardt. Produced for the purpose of raising capital for another film that Borchardt intends to make, the epic Northwestern, Coven suffers from numerous setbacks, including poor financing, a lack of planning, Borchardt's burgeoning alcoholism, and the ineptitude of the friends and family Borchardt hires to staff the production team. The documentary follows Borchardt's filmmaking process from script to screen, and is interspersed with footage from both developing projects. American Movie was produced by Sarah Price, edited by Jun Diaz and Barry Poltermann and directed by Chris Smith. Filming for American Movie began in September 1995 and concluded in August 1997. The film was a critical success upon its debut and went on to win the Grand Jury prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and has since gone on to become a cult film.

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Google previewHousehold Gods (2014)

by Ted Kluck, Kristin Kluck

tHe BeGInnInG oF our IdoLatry Every great American movie is a love story, and love stories all end with couples who ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Television (2014)

by Horace Newcomb

the 20th century, the cable channel American Movie Classics (AMC) quietly became one of the fastest-growing television networks in the United States and one of the great success stories of the emergence of cable TV in the United States.

Google previewThe American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary (2002)

A Practical Compilation of Today's Acronyms and Abbreviations

ambassador; ambiguous; ambulance AMC American Maritime Cases; American Mining Congress; American Movie Classics; antecedent moisture condition; ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Contemporary American Culture (2013)

by Robert Gregg, Gary W. McDonogh, Cindy H. Wong

The war has already made it into American movie history,

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of South American Cinema (2014)

by Peter H. Rist

In 1932, five years after the release of The Jazz Singer, only 25 percent of the more than 3,700 South American movie theaters were wired for sound. In addition, language became a real barrier, with audiences being predominantly Spanish ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of War and American Society (2005)

by Peter Karsten

American movie screens. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the government moved quickly to integrate newsreels, like other media, into the war effort. Direct censorship was not imposed. Instead, access to combat ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio (2011)

by Christopher H. Sterling, Cary O'Dell

The cable network American Movie Classics presented an original comedyseries ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Novel (2015)

by Abby H. P. Werlock, James P. Werlock

Pynchon's narrativeis just aslikely to break into songanddance numbers from 1940s American movie musicals, vulgar "Rocketlimericks," extended scientific descriptions, lengthy historicalanalyses, disconnected dream sequences (one ...

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Maybe every other American movie shouldn't be based on a comic book. Other countries will think Americans live in an infantile fantasy land where reality is whatever we say it is and every problem can be solved with violence. (Bill Maher)
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