HOLLYWOOD, CA – Monday, October 13, 2014 - Mance Media, a global film and television distribution company based at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, CA, announces the acquisition of the feature film comedy ZERO CHARISMA, from filmmakers Katie Graham & Andrew Matthews (“Best Worst movie”, “The American Scream”). Mance Media has acquired all international rights to the SXSW Audience Award Winning film, produced by Magic Stone Productions and Shark Films.
Zero Charisma will be available for the first time internationally exclusively through Mance Media at AFM. The critically acclaimed film had a day & date theatrical release in October 2013 by Tribeca Film and Nerdist Industries in North America.
The deal was negotiated by Executive Producer, Rod Olson and Producer Thomas Fernandes.
An overgrown nerd who serves as Game Master of a fantasy board game finds his role as leader of the misfits put into jeopardy when a new initiate enters the group.
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.
"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
“I am ecstatic to be working with the talented filmmakers behind Zero Charisma and am confident in the same success overseas that the film saw domestically. Mance Media is anxious to introduce this hilarious, character-driven comedy to the international marketplace through our strong broadcast relationships, output deals and our global VOD distribution pipeline,” says Matthew Mancinelli, CEO of Mance Media.
“We’re delighted to be working with Mance Media to finally get Zero Charisma available to international audiences.” says Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews,
SXSW 2013 (Audience Award Winner)
Mance Media Presents
A Magic Stone and Shark films Production
An Andrew Matthews, Katie Graham Film
A Mance Media Release
Production Companies : Magic Stone Productions, Shark Films
Based at the historic Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, Mance Media is a global film and television distribution company. Launched by Matthew Mancinelli in early 2012, Mance Media acquires, licenses, co-produces and co-finances a wide-range of programming for the global marketplace.
About Shark Films
Shark Films is an Austin-based production company founded by Ezra Venetos, a veteran of the Texas film industry, having worked on films in the state for over 10 years. He founded the company to bring high quality production to low-budget independent films. Shark Films produced writer/director Berndt Mader's debut feature 5 Time Champion, which was released by Warner Bros. in 2012. His most recent film, Zero Charisma, was a collaboration with Magic Stone Productions (Best Worst Movie, The American Scream) and premiered at SXSW Film Festival 2013.
About Magic Stone
Magic Stone is a production company helmed by husband-and-wife team, Michael and Lindsay Stephenson. The Company produced Best Worst Movie and The American Scream, two award-winning feature documentaries that rose to critical and commercial success. Most recently, Magic Stone executive produced Zero Charisma, an indie comedy distributed by Tribeca Films and Nerdist. The company is currently in development on Girlfriend’s Day, a feature film starring and written by Bob Odenkirk as well as in post-production on the company’s thrid feature documentary. For more information visit www.wearemagicstone.com.