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.
Length: 88 minutes
Cast & Credits
Directors: Katie Graham, Andrew Matthews
Cast: Sam Eidson, Garrett Graham, Brock England, Anne Gee Byrd, Cyndi Williams
Connect to this film
Available nationwide on VOD, iTunes, and other on demand platforms beginning October 8, 2013.
Coming soon to select theaters:
New York, NY: Cinema Village - Opens Friday, October 11
Phoenix, AZ: Film Bar - Opens Friday, October 18
San Francisco, CA: Roxie Theatre - Opens Friday, October 18
San Jose, CA: Camera Cinemas - Opens Friday, October 18
Chicago, IL: Facets Cinematheque - Opens Friday, October 18
Austin, TX: Alamo Village - Opens Friday, October 18 - ONE DAY ONLY
Austin, TX: Alamo Slaughter Lane - Opens Wednesday, October 23 - ONE DAY ONLY
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre - Opens Friday, October 25
Houston, TX: Alamo Drafthouse, Vintage Park - Opens Friday, October 25
Denver, CO: SIE FilmCenter - Opens Friday, November 1 - 2 DAYS ONLY
Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center - Opens Friday, November 1 - 1 DAY ONLY
Santa Fe, NM: Jean Cocteau Cinema - Opens Friday, November 8
Miami, FL: O-Cinema - Opens Saturday, November 8 - 2 DAYS ONLY
Reviews and Press
Nerdist Podcast: Directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews and star Sam Eidson talk all things ZERO CHARISMA with Chris Hardwick.
Entertainment Weekly: Interview with directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews discuss their new 'Dungeons & Dragons' themed comedy.
NY Daily News: Directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews on the nerd/hipster turf war.
Village Voice: Directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews on the portrayal of Geek/Gamer culture on screen.
io9: Directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews on geek v. 'geek chic'
Badass Digest: Exclusive clip - "The New Guy"
Ain't It Cool News: Exclusive clip - "The Game Master"
Wired.com: Exclusive clip - "Communal Storytelling"
IGN: Exclusive clip - "The Millennium Falcon vs. The Enterprise"
"Almost certainly, the best nerd movie ever." - Badass Digest
"Geniunely hilarious and painfully relatable." - Collider
"Like TAXI DRIVER for fanboys." - Joblo.com
"An instant classic of geeksploitation." - Slate
"The One True Nerd Movie... No other film nails the emotions of being a hardcore nerd like Zero Charisma." - /Film
"A consistently entertaining, character-driven comedy... Not since Trekkie fantasy “Free Enterprise” has a homespun geeksploitation comedy plunged so deep into the heart of nerd culture and lived to tell about it." - Variety
"Raw and affecting... A breakthrough in the portrayal of geek culture on film." - Village Voice
"Fascinating... A compelling portait. 'Clerks' meets 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'" - Indiewire