Mike Schank, a musician who was highlighted prominently in American Film, the cult 1999 documentary that won a significant prize at the Sundance Movie Pageant, has died. He was 53.
His close buddy, Jackie Bogenberger, instructed the Affiliated Press that Schank died Oct 13 right after a months-extended fight with cancer. Several big-title actors and filmmaker mourned Schank on social media read through a sampling below.
Director Chris Smith’s American Film premiered at the 1999 Sundance Movie Pageant and received the Grand Jury Prize — the first of numerous festival and critics’ awards and nominations it would glean. It centered on aspiring filmmaker Mark Borchardt’s makes an attempt to finance his desire job by completing Coven, the very low-spending plan horror small film he’d abandoned several years ahead of. Schank co-starred as his very best pal given that childhood, a guitarist and recovering compound abuser who was amongst the most reputable users of Borchardt’s crew.
He also offered a significantly-lauded scream for Coven whose recording was featured in the documentary. Observe a trailer American Motion picture under, with Schank’s scream at the 3:04 mark.
Schank’s deadpan shipping and aw-shucks charm made him a common character, and he went on to land a handful of film and Tv roles, most notably a guest places as himself in a 2006 episode of Household Male. Creator Seth MacFarlane forged Schenk and Borchardt in “Brian Sings and Swings” as element of Quagmire’s filmmaking group who attempt secretly to document conversation in between Meg and her new buddy Sarah, who is aspect of an afterschool club named the Lesbian Alliance.
Schenk and Borchardt also appeared in the 2002 indie comedy Britney, Little one, 1 Extra Time. Schank had bit roles in other characteristics which include Black Licorice, Hamlet A.D.D., Modest Improve, Modus Operandi and a couple of limited films. He tweeted in August that he’d been clean up and sober for 27 years.
Borchardt tweeted a short remembrance of his friend, which garnered about 4,000 likes and scores of reviews:
A number of superstars also remembered Schank on Twitter: