The Dork Knight

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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