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.