‘Indie Game: The Movie’ showcases style and emotion in a growing industry


Since first making its debut at the 2012 Sundance film festival, “Indie Game: The Movie” has been taking the documentary scene by storm. Rave reviews for the film have been making the rounds for months, but unfortunately, most screenings were being held only at large-scale film festivals outside the Midwest. The film was finally brought to Indiana and the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater thanks to the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

The film, captured by Canadian first-time filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, follows the designers of a game titled “Super Meat Boy.” After two years of devoted and painstaking work, their game is on the eve of its release. Another developer Phil Fish and his game “FEZ” have been plagued with problems since the project began. After being delayed for a number of years, the film shows Fish’s latest progress in what he hopes to be his life’s work. Lastly, Jonathan Blow, creator of the indie mega hit “Braid,” describes what it was like to find success and how he plans to continue to create in the aftermath.

“Indie Game: The Movie” is an extremely well made documentary, and one that peers into the unique area of the art and entertainment industries that are video games. Through the struggles of these independent game developers, we see that, like all great artists, they have devoted themselves entirely to their creation and that, above all, they create in order to express themselves better than they are able through traditional means. Whether you are a gamer yourself or just someone with a love of creativity and devotion on display, “Indie Game: The Movie” will speak to both your heart and your mind about the monumental task of making something all on your own.

“Indie Game: The Movie” is available now for pre-order on Steam, iTunes and VHX Direct Download at indiegamethemovie.com. The film will be released for home viewing on June 12.

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