Mazel tov to Dallas boy Keven McAlester, who, it was announced today, got his second documentary feature -- The Dungeon Masters -- into the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off September 4. Keven, director of the Sprit Award-nominated Roky Erickson documentary You're Gonna Miss Me and videos for the likes of Spoon, the Old 97's and The New Year, will premiere his D&D doc on September 9 -- after the studios have screened their Oscar contenders, the titles of which have not yet been announced. As for what the former met music editor's film is about, he provides the official synopsis after the jump. But, a note: In its listing, the fest has the title wrong. It's plural -- masters. Regardless, a very big deal for the Marksman. --Robert Wilonsky
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An evil drow elf is displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a Sphere of Annihilation. A failed supervillian starts a cable-access show involving ninjas, puppets, and a cooking segment. These are the characters, real and imagined, of The Dungeon Masters: Against the backdrop of crumbling middle-class America, two men and one woman devote their lives to Dungeons and Dragons, the storied role-playing game, and its various descendants. As their baroque fantasies clash with mundane real lives, the characters find it increasingly difficult to allay their fear, loneliness, and disappointment with the game's imaginary triumphs. Soon the true heroic act of each character's real life emerges, and the film follows each as he or she summons the courage to face it. Along the way, The Dungeon Masters reimagines the tropes of classic heroic cinema, creating an intimate portrait of minor struggles and triumphs writ large.