Mark Borchardt started making films at the age of fourteen with a super-8 camera that he bought from a garage sale for $40. After serving three years in the military he continued his cinematic endeavors at the local university. In the mid-nineties he wrote and produced Halloween radio dramas which were broadcast annually and won a fellowship from the Milwaukee Art Futures Board.

Getting nowhere fast on the film front he decided to make a short horror film entitled, “Coven” — a struggle documented in American Movie: The Making of Northwestern which was picked up by Sony Classics and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Since then Mark has made five appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and has appeared in several movies including The One with Jet Li and The Tunnel with Lloyd Kaufman.

He is also a writer on independent and cult cinema, having contributed to projects as diverse as Kevin Lindenmuth’s book The Independent Film Experience and publications such as The Onion.