“Possibly the most mature look at video games yet,” Indiewire



Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky

Canada | 2012 | 94 min

With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of artist: the indie game designer.
These innovators imagine, design and program their distinctly personal games in the hope to successfully share their creative visions with the world.

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.

Gorgeously filmed and edited, Sundance Festival 2012 winner INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE is a compelling exploration of the creative world, the dreams, hopes and fears of indie game developers in their struggle to develop their own artistic vision.
Four developers, three games, one ultimate goal— to truly express oneself through a video game.

“Well-crafted and intelligent, this film is an illumination of the agony of creation, the self-doubt, the obsession, the life sacrifices that are the core, not merely the side-effects of those who define themselves through “art.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Makes a compelling case for games as not only clever hand-eye coordination exercises, but also as manifestations of their creators’ emotional and philosophical viewpoints.” – Slant Magazine

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.

Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.

Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

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