Indie games have been well respected throughout the gaming community and indie movies have been respected as well in the cinema community as well. So when an indie movie about indie games is made… it makes everyone very happy and gets a lot of attention. They started out trying to do just a couple interviews with indie developers from companies behind Super Meat Boy, Fez, Braid and among a few others, but it has turned out to be so much more than that. Turning into a feature length documentary about indie development and what it breeds. When I first heard about these guys (James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, the two directors and creators) and their movie I was super excited to see how they’ll do and I still am anticipating my copy to come in. Not only is this an awesome movie, but it inspires something inside us.
IGTM has not only met their expectations, but certainly exceeded what they were trying to accomplish and has been rightfully recognized as well. This is their list of achievements to date:
- 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
They have also been sure to try and allow access of the movie to as many viewers as possible. A true good goal to have and even more difficult to achieve; seeing as the movie is supporting indie development they had to keep true to their nature while giving the best results possible. They have done an excellent job in doing so through widespread screenings of the movie and a well organized disc/digital release. Their screenings often sold out and even extended their stays in cities as well. Unfortunately there has not been a screening anywhere in Texas and thus I have not been able to see it. However I am going to work on having GNN host a screening somewhere in the Houston area and I’m sure we can make it happen.
In terms of a digital and DVD release, they have just announced an official June 12th worldwide release date available in forms of DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital through select sources such as iTunes, the official IGTM website, and Steam (crazy right?). The digital versions will be $9.99 and the DVD version is $24.99 and Blu-Ray is $29.99 with special editions available at extra cost. Also if you were a previous pre-order owner for the DVD version, they are offering a FREE upgrade to Blu-Ray if you opt-in to receive the upgrade (this opt-in service will be closer to the release ship date). That, if nothing else mentioned, proves their devotion and true sense of worth for indie pride then I’m not sure, because to honor something that was never promised is a tremendous feat and something the community can respect and appreciate. Check out the official site at http://www.IndieGameTheMovie.com and make sure to pre-order your copy today.
If nothing I’ve said has convinced you to watch the movie or even want to support them then maybe this trailer might influence a bit more: