Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind was an award-winning spoof of the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind from 1980. Yes, it won some awards, but I would have never seen it at a young age if it did not make the rounds on HBO. While being broadcast there, it was recorded by my cousin who knew I loved this sort of stuff. She not only showed me it for the first time, but also gave me a taped copy. I watched that VHS hundreds of times and showed it to just about anyone who came over and expressed a passing interest in Sci-Fi.
This was a time before the internet, so it was not easy to just stumble upon cult works. You needed to read about them in niche publications or have interesting friends.
The film wasn’t released on home video as standalone back in the day, but could be found on the compilation release Hardware Wars, and Other Film Farces. This video tape got plenty of play at the video store I worked at back in my youth. You can get the film on DVD now thanks to a 2009 release. If home video ownership is not your thing, the internet has you covered.
Several people have posted versions of this classic online for you to enjoy.