Directed By
  • Lisanne Pajot
  • James Swirsky
Produced By
  • Lisanne Pajot
  • James Swirsky
  • Jonathan Blow
  • Phil Fish
  • Edmund McMillen
  • Tommy Refenes
United States
Release Date
2011 (festivals)
2012 (DVD/digital download)
Rating NR
First Look Review coming soon, stay tuned!

Indie Game: The Movie is an American independent documentary detailing the trials and triumphs of those who dare to create video game in the modern high-budget mass marketplace without the backing of mainstream gaming companies.

The film will show at festivals, game conferences and special screenings, and is projected to release on DVD and digital download in 2012.

About the filmEdit

"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

SXSW First Look ReviewEdit

First Look Review coming soon, stay tuned!


" is both polished and poignant.
Interviewees tell frank, heartfelt stories about their lives, inspirations, and creative processes, affirming in a way that no essay or article ever could that their creations are labours of love and works of art.
―The Globe and Mail

"Finally, there's one videogame movie out there people should see!"
―G4 TV

"The technical aspect of game-making obscures the creativity and the personal investment that go into making a playable experience. That's why... "Indie Game: The Movie" is so exciting."

"Indie Game: The Movie is looking amazing..."


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