American Movie is a documentary film that was released in 1999. American Movie follows the story of two film makers who go about the difficult process of securing enough funds in order to create a low budget horror movie. The film follows the two as they decide that they are going to try to make a film that they had previously tried to make, but had to abandon as they become adults who need to take care of their families. The film explores the unique lengths that one has to go to in order to get funding for a low budget movie, and why persons would risk financial ruin in order to make a movie that will obviously be B-grade.
American Movie was directed by Chris Smith. The film follows around the Mark Borchardt and Mike Schank. American Movie also features interviews with parents, wives, and friends of the two amateur film makers.