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Crime Cutz w/ American Movie

Director: Chris Smith Run Time: 124 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1999

This year, the Tribeca Summer Series moves away from documentary to focus on up-and-coming short filmmakers who premiered at Tribeca this year who have been asked to select a feature the inspired them with directing their short film.

Directed by Ben Fries and Alden Nusser | 2017 | 17 minutes
A short film that blurs the line between documentary and music video. Crime Cutz profiles four amateur performers from New York City, inviting them to interpret a track from Holy Ghost!’s Crime Cutz EP in their own unique style. Using these performances as the foundation of their section, each character is showcased as both subject & collaborator.

On why they chose AMERICAN MOVIE:
“AMERICAN MOVIE is an example of documentary filmmaking that proves real people can be more compelling and hilarious than anything you could write.”

In this cult-favorite documentary, Mark Borchardt, an aspiring filmmaker from a working-class Wisconsin background, is set on finishing his low-budget horror movie, despite a barrage of difficulties. Plagued by lack of cash, unreliable help and numerous personal problems, Mark wants to complete the film to raise funds for a more ambitious drama. With the assistance of his bumbling but loyal friend Mike Schank, Mark struggles to move forward, making for plenty of bittersweet moments.