American Movie 1999 is a documentary about a filmmaker who wants to release his own film called "Coven." The aspiring filmmaker is named Mark Borchardt, and he lives on the southwest side of Milwaukee. He has to overcome a lot of problems in order to begin making the film. He also has to overcome a lack of financing for the making of his short film as well. Mr. Borchardt struggles with gambling, he struggles with drinking, and he struggles with having a dysfunctional family along the way. He has depression problems, and he has to use his Mastercard, a loan from his uncle in the amount of $3,000, and various other relatives and local theater talent to act in the movie.