The trailer for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection Indie Game: The Movie
has us going on.Â Featuring compelling stories from a myriad of top indie game designers like Â Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy
), Phil Fish (FEZ)
, and Jonathan Blow (Braid)
, the documentary itself captures the painstaking experiences of what being a independent artist truly means in a dying trade that sacrifices creativity for wealth within the twenty-first century. From passing glimpses of the film trailer, Indie Game: The Movie
seems to pose and answer crucial questions about the video game industry, especially with regards to the hardships and implications of Â interactive art within independent video games.
Largely funded through variousÂ successful Kickstarter campaigns, the film has been chiefly supported by the online community and responses have been overwhelming. First-time filmmaking duoÂ James Swirsky andÂ Lisanne Pajot have worked on this project for over a year to gather stories from indie game developers around North America in a great attempt to encapsulate what it means to “express oneself through a game”. We seem to think this attempt is quite successful, as the cinematography and film score by Canadian composer Jim GunthrieÂ (preview his wonderful work here)Â we have previewed thus far proves to be incredibly breathtaking to both visual and aural senses.
While you can currently request screenings in your city, Indie Game: The Movie is available for preorder nowÂ on DVD and digital copy.