Break the Game

Jane M. Wagner · 2023
75min · DCP
  • Saturday, Jun 8, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 9, 2024, 2:30pm
  • Sunday, Jun 9, 2024, 6:40pm
  • Monday, Jun 10, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024, 7:30pm

After coming out as a trans woman, world-record-holding gamer Narcissa Wright loses her massive fanbase. To win them back, she attempts to set a new world record in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, while live-streaming every minute of her mythic quest. Drawing from an archive of more than 3,000 hours of Narcissa’s livestreams, intimate verite, and 8-bit animation, BREAK THE GAME is a moving exploration of gamer culture, the realities of online harassment, and the mental health implications of living a digital life.

The Saturday, June 8th screening will be followed by speedrunner dannyb21892 doing a live speedrun of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with director of BREAK THE GAME, Jane M. Wagner, participating in a live Q&A in the chat!

“Truly a highlight at Tribeca [2023]. Not only does it finally give a Queer perspective in video games, but is also an important message about hope, family, and battling demons both 3D animated and in real life.” Mike Vaughn, Geek Vibes Nation

“An innovative film… probes the intriguing possibility of taking images meant for one space and repurposing them into a cogent beginning, middle and end. Put another way: Even without the pixelated bells and whistles, it’s excellent storytelling.” Natalia Winkelman, The New York Times