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Film:Acoustic: American Movie

When: Sat., May 23, 7 p.m. 2015



Analyzing two decades of Wilco, the act's fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, is often considered the breakthrough, not only for its widened artistic ambitions and its critical approval but also for the new audience it helped the group recruit. An essential part of that appeal was I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco, Sam Jones' poignant, humanizing documentary about the making of the record and, really, of the band itself. It identified the pedestrian struggles—doomed friendships, business problems, morning commutes—inherent in trying to make good art. That theme resonates within American Movie, a tragic, comic and ultimately uplifting documentary about two Wisconsin men attempting to make a horror masterpiece with little money, equipment or experience. No, its protagonist, Mark Borchardt, never became a famous director, but he's a lovable character nonetheless, a restless soul working well beyond his means. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy presents American Movie as part of the occasionally fascinating series Film:Acoustic. After the screening, he'll answer questions and perhaps play some songs, too. 7 p.m., $15, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, 919-560-3030, —Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $15

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