It scored a number of hit points at South by Southwest in 2013, and audiences rolled the dice when it was released on-demand, but now Zero Charisma, the first film co-distributed by Nerdist Industries and Tribeca Films, has reached its next big power-up: DVD! That’s right, the film that Devin Faraci of Badass Digest called “Almost certainly, the best film ever made about nerds” is arriving on DVD starting today.
For those not in the know, the plot is as follows:
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.
Why this movie for Nerdist’s first foray into feature distribution? Take it from Chris Hardwick himself: “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.”
If you’d like to know more about Zero Charisma, read our interview with its directors, Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, and listen to Graham, Matthews, and star Sam Eidson on the Nerdist Podcast.