May 19, 2012

If You Like Stories of Inspiration and Creativity, Go See 'Indie Game: The Movie'

The other day I saw an inspiring documentary about independent creativity, and even though it wasn't about film, it couldn't be more relevant to The Age In Which We Live. The landscape of video games is the same as the landscape of movies: it's divided between multimillion-dollar blockbusters made by large corporations employing hundreds of salaried craftspeople, and tiny passion projects made by small teams working from sweat equity and fevered inspiration. After a successful festival run and road tour, Indie Game: The Movie finally opened theatrically this weekend, and if you're in NY, LA, San Francisco, or Phoenix I can't recommend it highly enough.

Here's the trailer for Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky's superbly shot and edited doc:

The subject of two successful Kickstarter projects, Indie Game chronicles the independent sector of an industry that, thanks to healthy marketplaces like Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Store, and Steam, has been revolutionized by digital distribution in a way that independent film has not. At least not to the same extent, and at least not yet. Whether or not you have aspirations to tell stories of the interactivity variety, as I do (stories that may be considered games), Indie Game is a superbly-crafted doc that, like many great docs, could be put in a time capsule and used to explain a particular era in highly entertaining fashion.

Here are the theatrical runs this weekend; there are many more locations (including some international locations) listed on the screenings page. And if you're not in any of these locations, the film will eventually be available via digital distribution avenues... of course!

New York
IFC Center
May 18th-24th
Directors in attendance 18th-19th
Tix & info here 

Los Angeles
Laemmle’s NoHo 7 theater
May 18th-24th
Tix & info here

San Francisco
Roxie Film Center
May 18th-24th
Tix & info here

The Film Bar
May 18th-20th & 25th-27th
More info here

If you've already seen it, what'd you think?

Link: Indie Game: The Movie

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Great to see you post about Indie Game: The Movie. We posted about their theatrical run on our Facebook page the other day. This is a film that David and I have been anticipating for quite a while. We are planning to see it this week in North Hollywood. Love hearing of your endorsement, gets us even more excited to see it.

May 19, 2012 at 1:01PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I have been wanting to see this film for a long time. It was supposed to play at the local festival, but it gopt cancelled just before it screened

May 19, 2012 at 3:04PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I saw this documentary two days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it for its behind-the-scenes exposition. Rarely do we get to see the tribulations and struggles a creator must endure to get their product out there. Doubly so for those independent creators whom verge on the edge of creativity and expression regardless of commercial success. We see videogames as a product for entertainment. But after learning about their lives and thoughts , one gains an appreciation that goes further than just entertainment. They create art, expressions of truth that are relatable to many in the deepest depths of the human heart.

May 19, 2012 at 9:23PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Taha Alwash

Thanks for shifting focus from cameras to storytelling, recently... A wellcome shift!

May 20, 2012 at 4:51AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


April will always be tech-heavy because of NAB, but yes... We would like to cover all filmmaking topics!

May 20, 2012 at 4:48PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Ryan Koo


May 21, 2012 at 12:54PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


What an incredible trailer-- music, story, cinematography, etc. Documentary film has come so far in just the last 5 years it's unbelievable. Cinematography used to be an after thought, if thought of at all-- which is fine for this genre, but this trailer shows how far we've come in those terms. Most important, though, is the story, and it looks great.

May 24, 2012 at 1:26PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


It is very hard for realization for us independent filmmakers and well as independent game makers.

May 26, 2012 at 5:16AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM