With Nerdist Industries jumping into more and more roles as producers, they just announced they’ll be co-releasing a film that gets right to the heart of nerd culture. Zero CharismaIt stars Sam Eidson (Natural Selection, My Sucky Teen Romance) as a dungeoon master who is threatened by a far more charismatic figure, played by Garrett Graham. In other words, the alpha nerd battle we’ve al had at one point or another.

It’s the directorial debut of Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, and at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festivals it won the audience award in the Narrative Spotlight category.

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.

States Nerdist founder and chief creative officer Chris Hardwick, “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.”


The film will be released October 8, for VOD and have a theatrical release on October 11, 2013.

Here’s the trailer:


  1. I remember first hearing the phrase “zero charisma” in “E.T.” so seeing this brought a smile to my face.

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