On the surface, THE DWARVENAUT seems like a documentary about an eccentric Dungeons and Dragons fanatic, Stefan Pokorny, but it quickly turns into a well-told, in-depth character study about an orphan who became a successful entrepreneur.
As his second documentary feature (his first, Made in Japan premiered at SXSW last year), Josh Bishop tackled a subject that is stereotypically associated with the more nerdy and introverted. Although there is plenty about the role playing lifestyle, at its core, The Dwarvenaut is a story about achieving the American dream.
Bishop makes it about Pokorny, who is half Korean and half white, was adopted by a European couple. His mother was from Rome and his father was born in Czechoslovakia. So it’s also an immigrant story… told through the world of Dungeons & Dragons no less.
For the most part, Pokorny fits the mold of the typical D&D fanboy. He’s eccentric, a bit unhinged, and of course nerdy — but the doc makes him more than that and proves that he has a story worth telling.
Dino-Ray Ramos watches too much TV and laughs inappropriately during dramatic films. He’s a fan of comedy, podcasts, and comedy podcasts. He’s a reformed comic book geek and thinks “The Goonies” is the best movie of all time. When he isn’t stuffing his face with a burrito, he’s thinking about his next trip to Disneyland.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer