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It’s alright, it’s okay!

December 3, 2008

American Movie, a documentary film directed by Chris Smith, won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. That much you can read for yourself. Here’s what Wikipedia doesn’t say.

It’s about coming of age lower middle-class in in the suburban Milwaukee area. It’s about having vision and single-minded determination. It’s about being a loser and not really realizing it. It’s also about the indiest kind of independent filmmaking.

The weird part is that I’ve met one of the guys in it. And a very good friend of mine is visible onscreen for a few frames, though he doesn’t have a speaking role. It was him, in fact, who lent me his copy of American Movie a few years ago. (I still haven’t returned it. Sorry, Charles!)

American Movie is funny, sad and totally mesmerizing. If you can’t abscond with a friend’s copy, rent it.

Mark: Do you think this is a little bit cathartic for you?
Mike: Uh, very cathartic, Mark.
Mark: Do you know what cathartic means?
Mike: No.

I would really, really like to know if Mike made his money back on Coven. Perhaps the success of American Movie helped? Where are these guys now?