SDCC ’13: ZERO CHARISMA Gets Picked Up by Nerdist and Tribeca

This past weekend, during its panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Nerdist Industries revealed that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Zero Charisma, a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired indie dramedy from directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews.  Nerdist is partnering with Tribeca Films to release the movie, which won an audience award at last March’s SXSW Festival with its spot-on portrayal of the animosities and competitiveness present in the many tributaries of cult fandom.

Check out the synopsis below:

As the strict Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game, Scott (Sam Eidson) leads his friends in a weekly quest through mysterious lands from the safety of his grandmother’s kitchen. But his mastery of his own domain starts to slip — along with everything else in his life — when neo-nerd hipster Miles (Garrett Graham) joins the game, winning over the group with his confident charm and dethroning Scott with an unexpected coup. Caught in delusions of grandeur, Scott must roll the dice and risk everything to expose Miles as the fraud he believes him to be. A darkly comedic fable of epic proportions, Zero Charisma is an ode to nerds from every realm.

 Nerdist also debuted a sneak peek of the movie during Comic-Con, which is also playing on their YouTube channel:


I’m very curious to see this film, not just because it delves into the byzantine subculture of tabletop RPGs, but also because it points to a humorous mini-commentary on fanboy prejudice, with hipster-nerd hysteria resembling the real-life “fake geek girls” controversy.

Zero Charisma stars Sam Eidson, Garrett Graham, and Brock England.  It will be released on VOD beginning October 8, and just a few days later in theaters on October 11.  (And LA readers, take note: a special preview screening is scheduled for Saturday, August 10 at Cinefamily.)

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