One of the more intriguing films listed in this year’s just-announced South By Southwest Film Festival lineup is Zero Charisma. Why? Well, partly because it’s an indie-comedy about role-playing games (and it’s not every day you get to see one of those). And partly because it’s directed by Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham, who worked as, respectively, the director of photography and the editor on the excellent 2009 Troll 2 documentary Best Worst Movie. (Zero Charisma is also exec produced by Best Worst director and producer, Michael and Lindsay Stephenson.)
Below, you can read the official synopsis of Zero Charisma — which stars Sam Eidson and Garrett Graham — and then check out the movie’s trailer. You can also contribute to the film’s final round of fundraising at Indiegogo.
Metal-loving gamer geek Scott Weidemeyer lives with his ornery grandmother and works a lousy job at a donut shop. But every Tuesday night, he is the omnipotent Game Master, guiding his role-players through a tabletop journey of fantasy and adventure. However, when neo-nerd hipster Miles joins his game, Scott begins to resent the admiration Miles receives from the other players. To make matters worse, the health of his grandmother begins to falter, and his estranged mother visits town, reminding Scott of a childhood he’d just as soon forget. Caught in a spiral of rage and delusion, Scott is forced to take drastic steps to reclaim his honor, and his identity as the Game Master.