laurels Nerdcore Rising follows MC Frontalot the "Godfather of Nerdcore" on his first national tour to reveal the roots of the genre,
the dorky complexities of its artists, and one MC's fight for nerd stardom. Featuring Weird Al Yankovic, Prince Paul, Jello Biafra, Tycho & Gabe, Brian Posehn, MC Frontalot, MC Chris, MC Lars and a slew of other nerdcore artists and commentators.
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"Hilarious & delightful" Ė "Funny, inspiring, authentic, sympathetic and never, ever mean."- Salon's Best of Fest

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Michigan! A video!


First - don't forget to see the movie in Michigan this weekend. Especially if you're in Detroit on Saturday because I'll be there but also especially if you're in Ann Arbor on Sunday because I won't be there and it could use some extra negin-y-ness.


Second - in the absence of NR-related videos, I figured I would share this with you. Its a satirical healthcare vid made by the same people who brought you Nerdcore Rising (i.e. me). Watch below and tell your friends because I totally want stable health insurance one day.


And if you're in New York on Wednesday, please check out the vigil for Iran.  





Detroit! Ann Arbor! This Weekend!

Hey guys,


The movie will be screening on Saturday as part of the Detroit-Windsor International Film Festival and on Sunday as part of the Ann Arbor District Library summer film series this weekend. And, I'm not gonna lie, Frontalot & band will be performing at both events. Find your infos for Detroit here and for Ann Arbor here.


I'll be at the Detroit screening and would love to heartily shake your hand so stop by and say hello. 





What Our Pals Do

Our friends are cool. They do stuff like theatre, and art, and performance-based fake stage sex. Of course that means its the Air Sex Championships and the finals are happening this Friday June 12 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. Untrue to form, a nerdcore rapper will be in there midst. In this case the most sexually advanced nerdcore rapper is Chris Trew (AKA Terp 2 It) and he will be thrusting his fully clothed crotch into an invisible vagina for your entertainment. The details are here


And on the following night our friend Schaffer the Darklord of Schaffer and The Darklords will be performing at Arlene's Grocery. He is the most sinister, the most forboding, and the most violently delightful of the nerdcore rappers. Direct yourselves here for informations on that showz. 


If you don't live in New York then I don't know what you should do this weekend but don't forget to call your pops on Sunday!



of the lady directors guild





Some Random Stuff



Discovered an awesome new site, I think its worth looking at:


A birdie tells me that a particular nerdcore rapper of note (okay fine, MC Lars! I can't keep it in!) will have a particular web comic of note (okay fine, 27th Street! I'm no good at being coy!) on the site soon. RSS that shit to know exactly when!


Furthermore, it gives me lots of joy to announce the new album from Blak Lotus (AKA Brandon Patton), "Underhill Downs." Here's what Lotus had to say about it: 


The project was delayed by the enormous success of my other band, MC Frontalot, and the movie that was made [Nerdcore Rising] documenting our journey from inexperienced wimps to road weary, jaded, super-wimps. I was homeless for 8 months (don't worry, I had places to stay.) And all the while, I was just trying to get a home studio going again so I could finish this behemoth, my own little heartbreaking work of staggering genius, my own little Chinese Democracy, the document of my rising from the ashes of past failures and asserting that, yes, beyond all reason, making a personal rock record was the most important thing one could achieve. I laughed contemptuously as people reached major peace agreements, saved innocents from oncoming traffic, and eradicated microbial scourges from the earth. Ha! THEY weren't taking forever to make a personal rock album like I was. Like Axl Rose. Like... James Joyce and Finnegan's Wake. What? Although, I am pretty sure, my product will be somewhat more accessible. You won't need cliff notes. 


If you're me, then you can't wait to hear this new music (and you suffer from severe seasonal allergies). For the New Yorkers among us, you can do that here: 

April 17 - 8pm

Piano's - New York, NY 


That's about it. Enjoy things.




I'm at SXSW!

If you're at sxsw, and you mildly give a shit about publicity issues surrounding independent film, well then have I got the panel for you! Its the alternative publicity panel at SXSW on Saturday and I'll be speaking on it because I'm an 'expert' [read: shittalker] in the 'field' [read: my living room]. 


But we have other extremely important events to tackle, namely, the Nerdcore showcase. Thanks to Chris Trew AKA Terp 2 It (and maybe a little attention sparked by our little movie at SX'08) some of our favorite nerdcore artists will be having a showcase at SXSW. Here's what Chris had to say about it: 


When I approached SXSW to do a Nerdcore showcase, there was zero debate. Matt Sonzala (music programmer) was aware of the Rising and was eager to work with me to make this happen. He gets props for that, and props in advance to the fans for the huge turnouts we are going to get. (Right?)

Show Info!


So if you see a man named Matt Sonzala you are to give him a hug of thanks. And if you see a man named Chris Trew, you are to admire his rapping. He'll be joined by our very own MC Frontalot, MC Lars, and the most Canadian of the bunch, Jesse Dangerously.






your most faithful of shittalking director ladies

movie in the BK



For those of you who were turned away at the door of the NYC premiere of the film - and not to brag but there were quite a few of you in that category (she says as she brushes her shoulders off) - there's a screening in Brooklyn on Monday! More particularly, there's a screening in Williamsburg, BK where the hipsters lurk and judge with ennui. The info is here but I think its worth noting that the 15 minute short film that's playing before my 80 minute oeuvre (she says as she laughs at herself for using the term "oeuvre") is called Die Harderer and its an hilarious expose of fire scenes from Die Hard movies. Fire Scenes? What?!? I don't know! But I can't wait to find out. This Monday, March 9 at 8:50pm!

Love to you and yours,



director lady to you and yours

New York-core Rising & the Vlog

Hey Peeps!


I forgot to post the lastest video blog - it is below and here.


And of course, don't you dare forget about the New York premiere of Nerdcore Rising! Don't dare do it!


Nerdcore Rising in New York

92Y Tribeca Film Series

Friday February 13, 2009

8pm & 10:15 pm

Buy tix in advance





Reclaiming the Day!

For far too long, Friday February the 13th has been considered the scariest day of the year (a day which this year also immediately precedes the most love-filled day of the year but never mind). However, in this, the dawn of a new American era, I think its time to rid ourselves of these old stereotypes and to recognize Friday the 13th for what it really is: the nerdcoriest day of the year. Thatís right, Nerdcore Rising will be non-scarily enjoying its New York premiere as part of the 92YTribeca Film Series (schminfo below).


What does that mean? First off, it means that my friends & neighbors who have been listening to me complain, moan, and occasionally chirp about the making of this movie can finally see it because, like the current set of roommates on MTVís Real World, I live in New York! Second off, according to the amazing Datatron Zip Code 3000, it means that the largest population of NR fans in the country will finally be able to see this motherfucker on a large screen. FINALLY.


So, please join my shit on Friday February 13th for the least scary, least gory screening of Nerdcore Rising. Thereís two shows that night (8pm & 10:15pm) to accommodate all oí yous. Stick around for a post-show Q&A with my shit-talking stylings, as well as the crappings of MC Frontalot, the balderdash of G Minor 7, the verbal goo of Black Lotus, and the unmitigated poppycock of the Sturgenius.


Never again will we think of Friday the 13th as a scary day. Never again.


Your Eternal Valentine,


amorous director lady


PS Ė If youíve been wondering why my postings have been less frequent or why I managed to reference The Real World above, its because Iíve been writing jokes and developing a TV pilot for MTV called Detox. Iím almost fluent in tween! Check out an episode of the web side of it and let me know what you think!  



Nerdcore Rising at the 92YTribeca Film Series

Friday February 13th 8pm & 10:15pm

92YTribeca - 200 Hudson Street (at Canal)

tickets & shit


Nerdcore Rising plays golf!



I'm going to my hometown - Palm Springs - and this time, its not to visit my parents or to be nagged about my vegetable intake. Oh no, this time, I'm going to show Nerdcore Rising at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Palm Springs is a weird place - lots of golf and senior citizens so its not necessarily a place where the nerd population might find itself and the film festival is not known to show movies like this at all. But this desert town still produced a fiilmmaker and quite sensibly the festival is trying to give every student in the desert a chance to see the film - so they're making it FREE for students and their parents! They're also making it free for my friends and family which in my extremely broad definition includes you guys. So, if you wanna see the movie and you live in the desert of Southern Californa, shoot me an email and I'll get you on some sort of list! Details below. 


Happy New Year,  my homeys.




your dutiful desert filmmaker


Palm Springs Film Festival screening:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Regal Cinemas, 789 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

Free for students and you!



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