4

The Dork Knight: Keven McAlester Gets D&D Doc Into Toronto Fest

This is Elizabeth Reesman -- who dresses up as "an underground-dwelling elf that lives in a completely matriarchal society," duh -- from Keven McAlester's film The Dungeon Masters.
^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

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

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.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.