Rhinelander ArtStart’s film club, “The Peanut Gallery”, will host a showing of the film American Movie Saturday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. at 25 S. Brown Street, the former location of Brown Street Books in downtown Rhinelander.
American Movie is a comic documentary of an aspiring filmmaker who sets out to make his vision of a hit movie. It chronicles his three years’ work, using borrowed money, his relatives and local theater talent, to finish Covan, a short horror film he had begun years before. Along the way he battles visions of failure and self-doubt and overcomes his personal demons of alcohol, gambling and the influence of his dysfunctional family. Essentially, the film follows his pursuit of the American Dream.
American Movie was released in 1999 and stars Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank and Tom Schimmeis. It is directed by Chris Smith. Wisconsin natives will recognize scenes shot in Germantown and Menomonie Falls, and Milwaukee natives will recognize the Times Cinema in Milwaukee in the theater scene near the end of the film.
Those attending are invited to bring their own “comfy” chairs. Popcorn with “real” butter will be available at the showing, and proceeds will benefit the ArtStart Arts and Cultural Center.
Seating is limited. Tickets are available at Lattitudes, Mel’s Trading Post, Northern Coffee Haus, Rhinelander Cafe and Pub and Trig’s Foods in Rhinelander, and any remaining tickets will be sold at the door January 28.