The Dork Knight

MC Frontalot documentary brings glamour to dweeb style

For more than 20 years, from Revenge of the Nerds through Napoleon Dynamite, the movies have been trying to turn dorky-dweeb style into a recognized form of glamour. The discerning among us have never needed convincing on this point, but the latest attempt, Negin Farsad’s documentary Nerdcore Rising, could be a Decline of Western Civilization for a new generation of pocket-protector pimps.

Nerdcore Rising isn’t a mockumentary -- it’s no A Mighty Wind or This Is Spinal Tap. It’s a for-shizzle nonfiction film about “nerdcore” hip-hop, focusing on a 2006 tour of the genre’s kingpin, MC Frontalot, along with performances by and/or interviews with the likes of MC Chris, Optimus Rhyme, Brian Posehn, Jello Biafra, and grand-nerd “Weird Al” Yankovic.

A screening of Anvil! The Story of Anvil follows.

Fri., Sept. 25, 7 p.m., 2009
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