Break the Game
Date Showtimes
Tuesday, April 23 7:00 PM Q&A, Special Guest

Break the Game

April 23, 2024
Director in attendance!

Details About the Film

This film is part of the series Panorama: True/False at Ragtag Cinema

In July 2014, gamer Narcissa Wright became a world-record holder for beating the game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, in 18 minutes on a speedrunning livestream. Wright quickly rose to fame, developing a massive fanbase and making a living from streaming her gameplay. A year later, when Wright comes out as a trans woman, she discovers the volatile nature of internet fandom as the comments devolve into transphobic vitriol. Determined to stage a dramatic comeback, Wright sets her sights on setting a world record in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and live streams every minute of her mythic quest. Filmmaker Jane M. Wagner draws from an extensive archive of more than 3,000 hours of Wright’s livestreams, intimate verite, and 8-bit animation to craft a moving exploration of gamer culture, the realities of online harassment, and the mental health implications of living a digital life.

This screening will be followed by a moderated Q&A session with director, Jane M. Wagner.

Presented By

Panorama highlights the full spectrum of the contemporary documentary landscape beyond the festival weekend. Celebrating the True/False ethos and handpicked by the fest's programming team, Panorama focuses on filmmakers who use the non-fiction form to tell their stories in fresh and nuanced ways — and brings a little bit of the magic of the Fest to the rest of the year.

Director(s): Jane M. Wagner
Starring: Narcissa Wright
Year Released: 2023
Runtime: 80 minutes
Country: United States
Language(s): English
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)