Indie Game: The Movie making debut at Sundance Film Festival

Indie Game: The Movie has been awarded a coveted spot in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival line-up, catapulting the documentary and its Canadian filmmakers into the international spotlight. It will compete this winter against 11 other flicks in the World Cinema Documentary category, matching cinematic wits with non-fiction storytellers from around the globe.

Made by Winnipeg, Manitoba, residents James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot of BlinkWorks Media, Indie Game: The Movie is an exploration of what it truly means to grind it out as an independent developer in the video game industry. The doc includes appearances by Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes of Team Meat (Super Meat Boy), Jonathon Blow (Braid), Phil Fish (FEZ), Ron Carmel of 2D Boy (World of Goo), and a slew of industry journalists and supporters. It also features a soundtrack scored by Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery composer Jim Guthrie.

Indie Game: The Movie was funded to the tune of almost $100,000 by a passionate army of fans through the grassroots online fundraiser site Kickstarter. Due to the positive response, Swirsky and Pajot are planning to release a special edition featuring even more developer interviews with indie game makers such as Adam Saltzman of Adam Atonic (Canabalt), Erin Robinson of Wadjet Eye Games (Puzzle Bots), Steve Swink and Scott Anderson (Shadow Physics), and many more.

The original version will make its world debut during the Sundance Film Festival, held January 19 to 29 in Utah. See the full list of films here.


  • andrew-peirce - December 1, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    I don't mind the trailer - manipulative music aside - I'm just confused as to when the SNES controller became the poster controller for the indie gaming movement.
  • ninjaemperor - December 1, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    I love how obligatorily cynical all these comments are, I can't wait for this, I love indie games.
  • BladedFalcon - December 1, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Obligatory how? I'm actually not one to throw the word "pretentious" but look at that trailer well. look at the shots they have of the creator of braid, sitting against light so only his silhouette is outlined and tell me it's not a pretentious shot. I don't think anyone here is actually ragging against indie games themselves. What annoys me personally, is the attitude of their creators, and the "They are such great, hardworking, undervalued genuises!" tone of the entire trailer. Indie games have humble beginnings, so their creators should also be humble, not portray themselves as martyrs.
  • ObliqueZombie - December 1, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    I get that a lot of Indie games enforce ingenuity more than than big, triple-A games, solely because those bigger games need to target audiences in a much, much (much) bigger way. But I don't get why it's ONLY Indie games. Sometimes, reading up on Todd Howard or Cliff Bleszinski and seeing what THEY go through is just as amazing. They sound like a group of whiny people, flat out. Saying that if "this doesn't work out, they'll never make games again" shows me no drive, no motivation, and no real love for games or making them. That's like J.K. Rowling giving up after the first few rejections, or Harvey Smith of Arkane Studio (Deus Ex, Dishonored) quitting when his first creation was put in the closet. Lastly, why did they show a SNES controller? Is that relevant to this video? Or do the Hipsters still think that the generations 2 - 4 of consoles are still the best, because they're not a big anymore?
  • BladedFalcon - December 1, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Feels more like "Hipster: The Movie" to me. I mean... i get it, I appreciate the ingenuity and fun a lot of these indie games are, and I love quite a few of them. But there's a thick feel of pretentiousness during the trailer and a lot of the shots that kinda bugs me.
  • ObliqueZombie - December 1, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    I was JUST about to use that word: pretentious. Nothing but a bunch of hipsters with subjective nostalgia for the "oldies," claiming they're the best. On top of that, apparently, no big publisher = better.
  • R-ape - December 1, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    Damn. Look at that ironic beard. And are those even prescription? Anyway, I hope this doc offers something new. I want something more than just Q&A scenes and a crying nerd/hipster.
  • CreeplyTuna - December 1, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    I love how almost every single person on the trailer wears glasses. Its such a stereotype... but i wear glasses too, so its ok, but seriously, we're all spending tooooo much time in front of computers =D
  • ZhugeLiang - December 1, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    I feel like 90% of the footage in this trailer could be used in any trailer...

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