- 2016 LEGACY AWARD
American Movie has proven itself to be an enduring classic of documentary filmmaking. The film documents the making of Coven, an independent short horror film directed by Wisconsin-based filmmaker Mark Borchardt. Produced for the purpose of raising capital for Northwestern, a feature film Borchardt intends to make, Coven suffers from numerous setbacks, including poor financing and the ineptitude of the friends and family he enlists as his production team. The documentary follows Borchardt’s filmmaking process from script to screen, and is interspersed with footage from both of Borchardt’s developing projects.
The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. In 2004, it was named by The New York Times as one of the “1,000 Greatest Movies Ever Made”, and the International Documentary Association named it as one of the top 20 documentaries of all time and won the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors Legacy Award.