Ended on 9/27/2007
2006 - USA - English - 89 minutes - Porchlight/IFC
Directed by: Andrew Neel, Luke Meyer
Featuring: Skip Lipman, Daniel McCarthur, Rebecca Thurmond, Kenyon Wells
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Swords. Armor. Crossbows. Grown men attacking a plywood fortress. Imagine BRAVEHEART re-enacted in a Baltimore park -- and everybody wants to be a hero.
This prize-winning documentary takes a serious look into the bizarre and fascinating world of Darkon, a full-contact medieval fantasy group, active in the Baltimore area since 1985.
"A clear-eyed and oddly touching documentary about a gaggle of Baltimoreans who dress up in home-made medieval garb and chase each other around soccer fields and meadows...well-made and revealing look at an off-the-beaten-path American pastime."
-Eddie Cockrell, VARIETY
"The insights into the differences and surprising similarities between real life and game life are profound. When one gamer talks about a setback on the battlefield, because his fellows ignored his orders, and his frustration that it's as if his real life was creeping into his diversion, it tugs at the heart."
-Michael Esposito, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"You won't leave this film with a full grasp of, say, how a Darkonian knows when he's mortally wounded, but you'll relate to this exuberant subculture more intimately than you'd perhaps expect."
-Nora Ankrum, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
WINNER - Audience Award for Best Documentary - 2007 SXSW Film Festival