This could not be any bigger. Being announced right now at the Nerdist Industries panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Nerdist Industries, together with Tribeca Film, will be co-releasing the South By Southwest hit film Zero Charisma, the directorial debut from Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews. The movie is a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired indie-dramedy which took home the audience award in the Narrative Spotlight category at this year’s SXSW.
Tribeca Film and Nerdist Industries will co-release the film this fall beginning October 8, 2013, on a cornucopia of platforms, including cable/telco and satellite video-on-demand platforms, as well as iTunes, Amazon Instant Watch, Vudu, Playstation, and Google Play, before being released in theaters on October 11, 2013.
The plot of the film: As the strict Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game, Scott (Sam Eldson) 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.
Of the movie, Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick said, “My podcast mate Jonah Ray saw Zero Charisma at SXSW and immediately texted me to say it was one of the best movies of the year. When I saw it, I knew I had to tell as many people as I could about it. It’s hilarious, touching, beautiful, authentic and an eerily accurate echo of my first D&D group in the 80’s. I think the character of Scott will become a cultural hero. He is the personification of the nerd rage that boils in all of us when PEOPLE. DON’T. FOLLOW. THE. RULES. OF. THE GAME.”
And what do the filmmakers think of this? Matthews and Graham said, “We couldn’t be happier to be working with the Nerdist and Tribeca Film. Both organizations have such credibility with audiences, such cultural acuity and such love of storytelling, we feel very confident trusting them with our first film.”
Check out these clips from the film featuring the first time Miles joins the game and Scott trying to make changes in his life:
So, there you have it: Nerdist is going into the movie business. We could not be more stoked about bringing this film to everybody. What do you think? Are you excited to see the movie? Let us know!