Video Game Movies: INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE

Director Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Year 2011
Starring Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish and Edmund McMillen
Run Time 104min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Introduction from Devin Griffiths, author of Virtual Ascendance: Video Games and the Remaking of Reality.

Part of the Video Game Movies series, co-presented by Hudson River Museum as a part of The Art of Video Games exhibition.

With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.

After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time.

First-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the emotional journey of these meticulously obsessive artists who devote their lives to their interactive art. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game. -Sundance Film Festival


“There is a vibrant, beating heart that powers INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE and will hopefully serve to inspire the many of us who confine ourselves to small places and lock humanity out while struggling and striving to create something beautiful. Possibly the most mature look at video games yet.” -Indiewire

INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE is a must-see doc for anybody that fancies themselves a gamer or for anyone who gets sucked into a good underdog story.” -Ain’t it Cool News

INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE is more than just a film about video games, it’s an examination of the artistic spirit and the latest evolution of independent artist.” –Film Threat

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