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Indie Game: The Movie Honored At Sundance Film Festival

Yeah, movies based on video games rarely turn out well. But maybe what we needed was a documentary (non-fiction) rather than fiction.

At this past weekend's Sundance 2012 Film Festival awards, "Indie Game: The Movie" grabbed the Best Editing honor in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. That's no easy task and first-time filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot should be commended for their efforts.

You can catch the update over at the film's blog, where you will find two very happy - and overwhelmed - award recipients. They say they shot over 300 hours of footage for their movie, and the ensuing editing was "by far the most difficult aspect of the process." The film will embark on a "limited screening tour" and afterwards become available via DVD and download. As the title implies, the movie follows several independent game developers and chronicles the ups and downs as they work on games like Braid, Super Meat Boy, and Minecraft.

Congratulations to Swirsky and Pajot, and thanks for allowing our industry to take another step towards rock-solid legitimacy in the eyes of our critics.

Tags: indie game the movie, game movie, sundance film festival

1/30/2012 9:41:24 AM Ben Dutka

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Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 11:35:44 AM

Awww... This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)

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Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 2:36:36 PM

Hey Ben,
If you save them, check back through your email files within the last couple of weeks because this is an update to that original "Indie Game Movie" article & video I sent you(unfortunately, I had already purged my copy).

Anyway, I'm really glad to see it's getting some good cred.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 2:48:24 PM

I would like to watch this at some point. This is good attention for the gaming industry. I wonder if it will be on netflix any time soon.

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