indieWIRE's parent company, the online distributor SnagFilms, presents this treasured non-fiction selection from its library, which also inspired the David Wain-directed comedy Role Models.
Darkon is a documentary feature that follows the real-life adventures of an unusual group of weekend "warrior knights," fantasy role-playing gamers whose live action "battleground" is modern-day Baltimore, Maryland, re-imagined as a make-believe medieval world named Darkon. These live action gamers combine the physical drama of historical re-enactments with character-driven storylines inspired in part by such perennial favorite fantasy epics as the legends of King Arthur, Lord of the Rings and the saga of Conan the Barbarian. As role players, these gamers create alter-egos with rich emotional, psychological and social lives. They costume themselves and physically act out their characters exploits both in intimate court intrigue and campouts and in panoramic battle scenarios involving competitive strategies, convincingly real props and full contact "combat." A co-production of SeeThink Films and Ovie Entertainment. (Synopsis courtesy of Tom Davis)
Directors: Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel. 93 min. 2006. Digital projection.
Part of the series indieWIRE at 15. Co-presented with SnagFilms.
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