Whatever Happened to Mark Borchardt of American Movie? (UPDATED)

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Mark Borchardt in American Movie (1999) Movie Image

Remember Mark Borchardt? The Midwestern amateur filmmaker featured in the documentary “American Movie”? He was the tall, lanky dude with the mustache (pictured with his best friend, Mike Schank). I really liked the documentary by Chris Smith about Mark trying to raise the money and make his low-budget short film “Coven”, even if the film itself, well, kinda sucked. But the doc didn’t, and Mark Borchardt’s life was just so utterly fascinating. So what’s he been up to?

Scott Von Doviak over at Nerve.com wanted to know what Borchardt was up to, too, and set to find out. In short — not much.

Here’s a passage from Doviak’s article:

Nine years later, history seems to be repeating itself. On the one hand, things have certainly improved for Borchardt since his days of delivering newspapers and vacuuming crypts. He has an acting career of sorts; you may have seen him as “Skeeter” in The Godfather of Green Bay or “Al the drunk at the bar” in Zombie Island, and he has four roles lined up for 2008, including one in Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. He’s still hoping to make Northwestern, but in the meantime he’s working on another horror film about an alcoholic writer, this one called Scare Me. And as you may not be surprised to learn, it has been in production for quite some time now.

It’s actually pretty bloody depressing, but you can read the rest of Borchardt’s ever-in-limbo movie career over at Nerve.com.

I was hoping it would be a happy ending for Mark and company, but I guess not everything works out the way they do in the movies.

UPDATE: 6/13/14

Received a press release from Mark Borchardt’s people that provides an update on what he’s been up to. Read on.

Filmmaker Mark Borchardt of Cult-Hit Doc ‘American Movie’ to Star In New Web Series ‘Out and About.’

Gregarious ‘Coven’ director Mark Borchardt has teamed up with Wrestle Ruth Productions and director- daughter Dawn Borchardt to launch new web series ‘Mark Borchardt Out and About,’ which follows Mark around his hometown of Milwaukee and beyond as he shares adventures with colorful people (celebrities and otherwise) who fascinate him. Guests include ‘Drunk History’ creator Derek Waters, horror filmmaker Calvin Reeder, magician Rob Zabrecky, and quite possibly the milkman.

“I don’t know how the hell this happened but it did. Like many things in life, a lot happens out of the blue, including this. Along the way, on this route of life, I’ve encountered a lot of cool people. So, we thought we’d share some of those experiences with our friends out there hanging by a thread in the electronic universe. We hope you’ll enjoy these singular encounters in extravagant existential circumstances, all the while reflecting on the beauty and brilliance of your own lives as well. And if this sounds like a press release – well, that’s because it is.”
– Mark Borchardt

Mark Borchardt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BorchardtMark
Twitter: https://twitter.com/morethescarier

Mark Borchardt is available for acting and directing in the Los Angeles area June 16th through June 30th.

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  • Jenny Brandt

    I really love American Movie, and last year I wrote Mark an email. I guess you could call it a “fan mail”. But it was “returned to sender”.
    I found the adress on http://www.americanmovie.com, but it does not seem to be active. So Mark, If you read this, email me And in return I will send you a fan mail!
    info@photosbybrandt.com

  • Jenny Brandt

    I really love American Movie, and last year I wrote Mark an email. I guess you could call it a “fan mail”. But it was “returned to sender”.
    I found the adress on http://www.americanmovie.com, but it does not seem to be active. So Mark, If you read this, email me And in return I will send you a fan mail!
    info@photosbybrandt.com

  • soji

    hi,

    i’ve been a fan of American Movie ever since i first saw the documentary. it’s one of those movies you can watch over and over again (well for me, at least) i tried their site but it looks long abandoned. you would of thought it would become more of a ‘cult’ film with fan sites, etc. but ??? unless anyone knows of any fan club for american movie i would join. i love that friggin’ movie

    soji

  • soji

    hi,

    i’ve been a fan of American Movie ever since i first saw the documentary. it’s one of those movies you can watch over and over again (well for me, at least) i tried their site but it looks long abandoned. you would of thought it would become more of a ‘cult’ film with fan sites, etc. but ??? unless anyone knows of any fan club for american movie i would join. i love that friggin’ movie

    soji

  • victoria

    My boyfriend said he ran into him on hollywood blvd. with his girlfriend joan from american movie. He said they were both kind of cracked out on drugs which is pretty sad.

    • drake

      that’s nearly impossible that they would have ran in to Mark on Hollywood Boulevard, as Mark lives in the Milwaukee area. Eat it, rumor starter.

      • sara

        he actually lives in a really nice suburb of milwaukee and has made quite a bit of money. his kids went to my high school

  • victoria

    My boyfriend said he ran into him on hollywood blvd. with his girlfriend joan from american movie. He said they were both kind of cracked out on drugs which is pretty sad.

    • drake

      that’s nearly impossible that they would have ran in to Mark on Hollywood Boulevard, as Mark lives in the Milwaukee area. Eat it, rumor starter.

      • sara

        he actually lives in a really nice suburb of milwaukee and has made quite a bit of money. his kids went to my high school

  • Kendra

    I ran into Mark at a fair in Menomonee Falls about 4 years ago. He seemed pretty high then too. I used to work with him when he “vaccuumed the crypts” and remember him always being such a nice guy. Fun to be around, fun to talk to. Unfortunately, he didn’t remember me that night at the fair due to his “mental state” at the time I believe. I know he was always excited about film making and always seemed to be the one behind the camera (along with his friend Mike) at any events where he was needed. I hope he succeeds with any of the films he makes going forward.

  • Kendra

    I ran into Mark at a fair in Menomonee Falls about 4 years ago. He seemed pretty high then too. I used to work with him when he “vaccuumed the crypts” and remember him always being such a nice guy. Fun to be around, fun to talk to. Unfortunately, he didn’t remember me that night at the fair due to his “mental state” at the time I believe. I know he was always excited about film making and always seemed to be the one behind the camera (along with his friend Mike) at any events where he was needed. I hope he succeeds with any of the films he makes going forward.

  • Richo Marx

    I think he was a loser. Slightly intelligent, enthusiastic,fIlm geek. Couldve been somthing like a 2nd AD on a low budget local film but instead took too much drugs growing up and simply BLEW IT.

  • Richo Marx

    I think he was a loser. Slightly intelligent, enthusiastic,fIlm geek. Couldve been somthing like a 2nd AD on a low budget local film but instead took too much drugs growing up and simply BLEW IT.