Curiously sweet and heartwarming film of hope, passion and unyielding optimism. Throughout the film's core runs a charming innocence, a strong sense of family values and genuine love between friends in this simple tale of a man doggedly chasing his American Dream. Held together by an interesting and fascinating group of characters.
Not only a wonderfully crafted documentary, but also one of the most accurate films-about-filmmaking out there. It's an honest look at low-budget, passion-driven filmmaking set against the beautiful misery of northern Milwaukee with a charming array of personalities. It is quite a funny tale, but still punctuated with everyday troubles - alcoholism, troubled relationships, poverty. A must-see for all filmmakers.
The Great Gatsby for our times. Full-on humanity and shit tons of heart here on display. Mark and Mike rock! It's a sad state of affairs, though, how many people think this is a mockumentary. Can it be they can't recognize passionate sincerity because they have never seen it in person or felt it themselves?
Anyone who dreams about becoming a film director should definetly see this movie. A truly inspiring documentary that I can relate on so many levels. Easily one of the best film-making documentaries ever made: Mark Borchardt´s struggle to get his film made is one of the most passionate, real, honest and down to earth personal stories I have seen. Instant favourite, I will never forget it. Great film.
As far as an insight into what movie-making is all about, this might be the most telling I've seen. It's crushing to see these people’s failures, and therefore all the more uplifting to see their successes. Mike Schank, despite being in a documentary, wins the honorable mention prize in the film fest, just for being himself.
Not feeling the love for this one despite its reputation. At its most interesting in the segments which record the filmmaking in progress. The other material, focusing on the personal life of Mark and his family/network is repetitive and overlong. I'll give Chris Smith the benefit of the doubt in terms of his respect for his subject but in my book he comes very close to outright mockery.
Heart warming and strangely inspiring. Love how he never gave up on his 'American Dream'. You can't help but find Mark and his misfit friend endearing and likeable. Check out their appearance on Family Guy after you watch the film too.