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Date Of BirthAugust 20, 1966
FactResides in Milwaukee,Wisconsin.

Mark Borchardt is an American filmmaker, actor, and musician. He is best known for his 1999 documentary, American Movie, which chronicles his attempts to make a horror film in his hometown of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Borchardt was born in 1965 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children. His father was a German immigrant who worked as a machinist, and his mother was a homemaker. Borchardt’s interest in film began at an early age; he would often watch movies with his father at the local drive-in theater.

After high school, Borchardt worked a variety of odd jobs before landing a job as an assistant editor at a local television station. He also began making short films with his friends, using a Super 8 camera that he had borrowed from his father.

In 1992, Borchardt met Mike Schank, a musician and aspiring filmmaker. The two became friends and began working on a script for a horror movie that they planned to shoot in Menomonee Falls. They managed to raise $3,000 from family and friends, and began production on the film, which they titled Coven.

However, the production quickly ran into trouble. The budget ran out, and Borchardt was forced to take odd jobs to make ends meet. The cast and crew began to grow restless, and Schank eventually left the project.

Despite the setbacks, Borchardt persevered. He managed to complete the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999. American Movie was a critical and commercial success, and Borchardt’s DIY approach to filmmaking won him a cult following.

In the years since American Movie’s release, Borchardt has continued to make films. He has also appeared in a number of documentaries about independent filmmaking, including Doug Pray’s Scratch (2001) and Chris Smith’s American Job (2014).

Borchardt currently lives in Menomonee Falls with his wife and two children. His net worth is estimated to be $500,000.

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Full NameMark Borchardt
Date Of BirthAugust 20, 1966
ProfessionScreenwriter, Filmmaker, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Film Editor


ParentsCliff Borchardt, Monica Borchardt
SiblingsChris Borchardt, Alex Borchardt


MoviesThe Hagstone Demon, Modus Operandi, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The One, Here Comes Rusty, Britney Baby, One More Time, Hamlet A.D.D., Snap Shot, Jeff, The Godfather of Green Bay, Horror Business, The Dundee Project, Zombie Killer, Heavy Hands, Living Dead Girl, Tapioca, American Ride

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1Resides in Milwaukee,Wisconsin.




China Test Girls2017post-productionMartin Milo
Legal ThreaT2017filmingReese Kelly
Shangri-LA2016TV Movie post-production
Where the Great Spirits Live2016Short post-productionDirke
I Am an AliencompletedMark
Shangri-LA2016TV SeriesDoctor Marvin Nestor
Here Comes Rusty2016Oren
Two Rivers2014ShortDirke
Hamlet A.D.D.2014Gravedigger
Heavy Hands2012The Mechanic
The Jeffrey Dahmer Files2012DocumentaryMan with glasses
The Hagstone Demon2011Douglas Elmore
The Amateur Monster Movie2011Mr. Englan
Living Arrangements2009Paul
Unholy Reunion2009Douglas - Interviewee
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever2009Herman
Modus Operandi2009Dallas Deacon
Zombie Killer2008ShortMark Zombie
First Bass2008ShortPrincipal Papalschmeck
Confession Stand2007ShortTheatre Manager
Big D and the Kids table: Deadpan Face2007ShortGrave Digger
The Devil's Muse2007Floyd
Zombie Island2005ShortAl (as 'Al the drunk at the bar')
The Godfather of Green Bay2005Skeeter
Living Dead Girl2003ShortJesus
Britney, Baby, One More Time2002Dude Schmitz
The Tunnel2001ShortLincoln
The One2001Cesar


The Dundee Project2017Documentary short post-production
Big D and the Kids table: Deadpan Face2007Short


The Dundee Project2017Documentary short post-production
Modus Operandi2009additional material


The Dundee Project2017Documentary short post-production
Big D and the Kids table: Deadpan Face2007Short master editor


The Dundee Project2017Documentary short producer post-production
Bitch2009Short associate producer
Coven2000Short producer


The Dundee Project2017Documentary short post-production
Big D and the Kids table: Deadpan Face2007Short


The Dundee Project2017Documentary short post-production


Jessicka Rabid2010special thanks
Satan VHS2009Short special thanks
Storytelling2001special thanks


California Dreams2017Documentary post-productionMark
Silently Steal Away2017Documentary short post-productionNarrator (voice)
The Dundee Project2017Documentary short post-productionHimself
Thank You Very Much with Host Jack Antonoff2014TV MovieHimself
American Surfrider2008DocumentaryHimself
100 höjdare2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Night of the Living Dead: Live from Wisconsin - Hosted by Mark & Mike2006TV MovieHimself
Stop Hate: The Making of American Surfrider Dvd-extra2006Documentary shortHimself
Family Guy2006TV SeriesHimself
Make Your Own Damn Movie!2005Video documentaryHimself
Horror Business2005Video documentaryHimself
Film Trix 20042004Documentary shortHimself
Wisconsin Born & Bred: The Entertainers2004DocumentaryHimself
Abby Singer2003Himself
The New Tom Green Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Mark Borchardt Was in 'The One' with Jet Li2002Video shortHimself
The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees2002Video short documentaryHimself
The Big Show2001TV MovieHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2001TV SeriesHimself
Czar of Make Believe1999ShortHimself
American Movie1999DocumentaryFilmmaker

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