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    With 100+ mins of new epilogues & short films, the Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition DLC is another film's worth of stories, crafted by the directors of the original, Sundance award-winning, feature documentary. Find out what happened after & about other games and game creators.

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    INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. Following the making of the games SUPER MEAT BOY, FEZ and BRAID, this Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these developers' vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.

    FESTIVALS / AWARDS / ACCOLADES

    2012 Sundance Official Selection World Documentary Competition
    2012 Sundance Winner for Best Editing in World Documentary Cinema
    2012 South by Southwest Official Selection
    2012 Hot Docs Festival & Hot Docs Live Official Selection

    2012 New York Times Criticsʼ Pick
    2012 Cinema Eye Honours Nomination Best Graphic Design & Animation
    2012 Best Feature Documentary Canadian Screen Awards Nomination

    Rotten Tomatoes
    Best Reviewed Films of 2012

    IGN
    30 Amazing Games People in 2012

    Crave Online
    The Ten Best Films of 2012 

    Slash Film
    The Ten Best Films of 2012 

    iTunes
    Best of 2012 -  Documentaries 

    Letterboxd
    Top Reviewed Documentaries of 2012 

    Utah Film Critics Association
    Best Documentary of 2012 

    CBS 'This Morning'
    The Five Best Films of 2012 (Hon. Mention)

    NME
    Ten Cracking Films You Might Have Missed This Year 

    Cinesnob
    Top Ten Best Films of 2012

    Wired Magazine
    The Top Ten Films of 2012 (that you haven't seen) 

    MovieRants
    Top Ten Films of 2012 

    Movieline
    Ten Overlooked Gems of 2012 

    The FilmStage
    Best Documentaries of 2012 

    'These Pretzels...'
    The Best Film of 2012 - Indie Game: The Movie

    Film School Rejects
    Best Documentaries of 2012 

    Indie Wire 
    Top Ten Films of 2012  - Industry Lists
    • Dylan Marchetti, Variance Films
    • Basil Tsiokos, Sundance Film Festival / What (Not) To Doc 

    IndieWire

    “The film delivers, taking us on a journey with regular people pushed to do something different, but equally extraordinary. There is a vibrant, beating heart that powers "Indie Game: The Movie" and will hopefully serve to inspire the many of us who confine ourselves to small places and lock humanity out while struggling and striving to create something beautiful. [A-]

    Possibly the most mature look at video games yet,”

    Read the IndieWire Review Here...

    Film School Rejects

    “Both video game fans and casual gamers should find this documentary not only interesting, but compelling as you watch these real life stories unfold and experience the various emotions that come with creating something from scratch and then releasing it into the world.”

    Read the FSR Review Here...

    Ain’t it Cool News

    “There are victories, defeats, tears and smiles.

    Indie Game: The Movie is a must-see doc for anybody that fancies themselves a gamer or for anyone who gets sucked into a good underdog story.”

    Read AICN's Review Here...

    Globe and Mail

    "...That’s the film’s great trick. Regardless of whether you’re a die-hard indie-gamer or someone who’s never touched a controller, it’s impossible not to empathize with these people."

    Read The Globe and Mail Review Here...

    SlashFilm

    You'll believe a Video Game Documentary Will Make You Cry ...  directors Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky have made a truly magnificent documentary that you will love.

    Read the Full Review Here...

    Slant Magazine

    Whether or not you care to classify video games as art, Indie Game: The Movie, an extremely polished and absorbing documentary profiling a handful of ambitious independent game developers, makes a strong case that, at the very least, the types of gaming experiences offered by these one- or two-man shops reflect the personalities of their creators in the same way art does, acting as extensions of their fears and desires. 

    Read the Review Here...

    EPDaily (on the IGTM Special Edition)

    A perfect score 10 out of 10…Absolutely dumbstruck at how beautiful this movie was…There are so many extras in here…

    Watch the EPDaily Review Here...


    Turnstyle

    “The third act of this film is as tense as any horror movie I’ve seen in the past two years as Team Meat and Fish face down their personal End Bosses.”

    Read the Review Here... 

    Crave Online

    This is my favorite film of SXSW ... It’s not just that it’s a thoroughly engaging subject. The filmmaking is tense and emotional with beautiful cinematography, just everything you want a movie to be.

    Read the Review here...

    Geek Tyrant

    “Indie Game: The Movie is a must watch film for anyone who loves the art of video games or is passionate about anything. This is a wonderfully fascinating documentary that any geek would enjoy watching, so I highly recommend watching it when it is released.”

    Read the Geek Tyrant Review Here...

    Jeff Dixon:  Musings of a...

    “But trust me, as you finish the film you realize there is nothing benign about these games at all. These games are essentially these people’s hearts poured out onto a screen. Truly fascinating and gripping. I highly recommend this film.”

    Read the Review Here... 

    The Film Stage

    “The cinematography is gorgeous, creating alien atmospheres from computer screens, video game levels and the real world environments that surround the characters.”

    Read Film Stage's Review Here...

    SplitKick

    The best documentaries transcend the bounds of their subject matter to tell a compelling human interest story, which this movie does brilliantly.

    Whether you approach this as a gamer or an average moviegoer, Indie Game: The Movie is an awesome film. The documentary does a tremendous job of sharing human interest stories within the context of video game creation

    Read Split Kick's Review Here...

     

    Salt Lake Tribune

    “Swirsky and Pajot have created a beautiful and fascinating look into the creative process in a never-been-told medium”

    Read the review here

    MTV: Geek

    “Swirsky and Pajot expertly weave these three stories together into one narrative ... So don't just take my word for it. Check it out and see if this inspires you to devote some blood, sweat, and tears to the world of indie games.

    Read the Review

    FirstShowings.Net

    "Just might have you looking at video games in a whole different light

    Read the review here

    The Final Take

    Indie Game: The Movie makes itself accessible to every aspiring artist, because it taps into those fundamental feelings of bringing your creativity to life and hoping others respond to it.

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    The Torontoist

    “Inspiring and oddly touching.”

    Read the Review Here... 

    The Daily (U of Wash.)

    “Indie Game: The Movie” captures a whimsical world and the creative fire that burns beneath it, making a powerful case for video games as art. It’s inspiring, heart-wrenching, and a little dark.

    Read the Review Here... 

    Three Imaginary Girls

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go purchase Super Meat Boy, Fez, and Braid. If I don’t write anything else for the next 2 weeks, don’t be alarmed—I’m just having lots of fun playing indie video games.

    Read the Review Here... 

    G4TV

    "Indie Game: The Movie is definitely worth your time, and should be seen by everyone in the video game industry on the publisher, developer, and consumer sides."

    Read the review here

    GameZone

    Finally, we have something that so perfectly explains what we never could. It's a film anyone can watch and enjoy. 

    Read the Review Here... 

    The Hollywood Reporter

    “Compelling glimpse into artistic compulsion in video games.”

    Read the Review Here... 

    The Denver Post

    'Compelling...passionate and funny ... [the film] never loses sight of the narrative thrust'

    Read the Review Here... 

    The MacGuffin

    "Shot with a stunning HD look, Indie Game is a substantial documentary that uses its material wisely and delivers an entertaining as well as educational look into the new world of mass active participation in critical thinking"

    Read the Review Here... 

    NOW Magazine

    The intelligent, thoroughly absorbing doc is a delight for both the avid gamer and those not so up to speed with Nintendo-speak.

    Read the Review Here... 

    Film Threat

    “Indie Game: The Movie is more than just a film about video games, it’s an examination of the artistic spirit and the latest evolution of independent artist.”

    Read Film Threat's Review Here...

    Indie Wire

     Top Ten Films of 2012  - Industry Lists
    • Dylan Marchetti, Variance Films
    • Basil Tsiokos, Sundance Film Festival / What (Not) To Doc 

    SlashFilm

    •  Best Films of 2012

    Rotten Tomatoes

    •  Best Reviewed Films of 2012

    Crave Online

    • The Ten Best Films of 2012 

    iTunes

    • Best of 2012 -  Documentaries 

    Letterboxd

     • Top Reviewed Documentaries of 2012 

    Utah Film Critics Association

    • Best Documentary of 2012 

    NME

     • Ten Cracking Films You Might Have Missed This Year 

    Cinesnob

     • Top Ten Best Films of 2012

    Wired Magazine

    • The Top Ten Films of 2012 (that you haven't seen) 

    MovieRants

    • Top Ten Films of 2012 

    Movieline

    • Ten Overlooked Gems of 2012 

    The FilmStage

    • Best Documentaries of 2012 

    'These Pretzels...'

    • The Best Film of 2012 - Indie Game: The Movie

    Film School Rejects

    • Best Documentaries of 2012 

    Paste Magazine

    Entertainment Weekly

    Wired Magazine

    Fast Company Magazine

    Real Screen Magazine

    A Jumps, B Shoots (Podcast)

    Movies.com

    IndieWire

    Huffington Post

    CBC Q With Jian Ghomeshi (Video)

    The Film Stage

    Fast Company

    Geek Tyrant

    Ain't It Cool News

    Ars Technica

    Uptown Magazine

    PopGamer

    2012 Sundance Film Festival

    Wired Magazine

    The Guardian UK

    IndieWire

    Mashable

    FilmCourage (Podcast)

    The Globe and Mail

    What (Not) To Doc

    Variety

    4 Player Podcast

    Slash Film

    Xbox Magazine

    Global National TV

    P.O.V. PBS Blog

    G4TV - PAX EAST Coverage

    IFC.com

    Destructoid

    GoDevMental

    Gamespot

    The Documentary Blog

    Edge Magazine

    Gamasutra

    MTV Multiplayer

    Ars Technica 

    The Escapist

    Reel Screen & Playback Daily

    Portland Mercury 

    The Creators Project Blog

    IGN

    Giant Bomb

    Paste Magazine

    International Documentary Association - documentary.org

    BitMob Interview

    Indie Superstar

    IndieGames.com

    BoingBoing

    G4TV

    Kotaku

    Joystiq

    DIY Gamer

    That Gamer Hub

    Game Spot Hub

    Winnipeg Free Press

    Interview: CBC Radio

    Video: The Electric Playground

    Video: Indie Game SearchLight

    Video: Bytejacker