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Anyone watch this last night on BBC 2?

On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Mark Borchardt dreams the American dream: for him, it's making movies. Using relatives, local theater talent, slacker friends, his Mastercard, and $3,000 from his Uncle Bill, Mark strives over three years to finish "Covan," a short horror film. His own personal demons (alcohol, gambling, a dysfunctional family) plague him, but he desperately wants to overcome self-doubt and avoid failure. In moments of reflection, Mark sees his story as quintessentially American, and its the nature and nuance of his dream that this film explores.

Far from being a masterpiece of documentary film, it was nevertheless, very funny stuff indeed.

Mike Schank is my new stoner hero.

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He finished Coven and there was a screening in his hometown that went down a storm. Although only short clips were shown, I thought it looked pretty good.

Sadly, Uncle Bill died shortly after filming... but he left Mark $50, 000 to go shoot Northwestern. I couldn't believe it.

I genuinely hope he hasn’t pissed it all away.

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