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SXSW: Darkon
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Yesterday's first film was the 6:45 showing of "Darkon", a documentary about a live action role playing campaign in Maryland. The team behind the film was doing a demonstration of their padded sword fighting techniques outside the Convention Center when my group was coming back from lunch, so we all got mini-posters and got to see a News 8 Austin reporter right it out with a guy in armor and a guy on stilts.

The film was fairly well done and quite entertaining. While it's a documentary, it's a doc about a fictional story, this alternate reality that a bunch of Maryland LARPers have created. It's clear that many of the shots were inspired by Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, and there's plenty of majestic battle. Also fun were the personal moments where we follow some of the main role players into their personal lives and see how they interact with their families and kids. The scene where a 7-year old kid dresses as a knight and does a full battle drill for a few minutes was very cute and the audience clapped twice during it.

They had several of the LARPers up on stage with the directors for the Q&A, and in addition to the usual questions about how the film was shot and financed, we also found out about what happened in the Darkon campaign after the tumultous events.

If you like D&D or hitting people with padded sticks, you should really try to get down here for one of the two remaining screenings. It's at Alamo Downtown Monday at 1:30pm and back at the Austin Convention Center on Friday the 17th at 9pm.

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