Indie Game: The Movie looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world.
Producers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky left comfortable jobs in broadcasting to make the film. They raised the funds on Kickstarter and got plenty of support from loyal people within game fandom.
Indie Game: The Movie is about making video games, but at its core, it’s about the creative process and exposing yourself through your work.
The film tells the emotional story of friends Edmund McMillen & Tommy Refenes, as they craft their first Xbox game: “Super Meat Boy”. It follows Phil Fish, the creator of the highly-anticipated game: “FEZ”. After 4 years of working in near solitude, Phil reveals his opus to the public for the first time. And, the film tells the surprising story of one of the highest-rated video games of all time:”Braid”.
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The smart, involving documentary makes a compelling case for games as not only clever hand-eye coordination exercises, but also as manifestations of their creators’ emotional and philosophical viewpoints. They’re works of art. They’re windows onto the psychology of their creators. They’re video games.
You don’t have to know the first thing about video games to understand the journey these guys are going through — the frustration over last-minute disasters, the worry that your masterpiece will be rejected, the joy of expressing yourself in a way that truly excites you. But if you are familiar with the industry, Indie Game is bound to hold an extra layer of interest for you.
Almost as inspiring as the subjects of the documentary is the story of the documentary itself: Swirsky and Pajot shot the film over the course of a year, funding the project entirely through their own savings and two Kickstarter campaigns.
Following the making of the games SUPER MEAT BOY, FEZ and BRAID, this Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these developers’ vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.
Award-winning documentary Indie Game: The Movie will be released for download on 12th June worldwide.
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Director: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Distributor: The Film Sales Company
Release date: June 16th, 2012
Official Site: http://www.indiegamethemovie.com/
Cast: Phil Fish, Jonathan Blow, Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes
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