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Sundance Review: "Indie Game: The Movie"

Published January 23, 2012 10:48 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

"Indie Game: The Movie"

*** (Three stars)

You would never think the plight of independent video game makers would make a compelling documentary. But "Indie Game: The Movie" is a riveting, heartfelt journey of struggling artists who butt heads with deadlines, finances and their own self doubts. The first-time feature by Canadian filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky follows two sets of indie game developers as they try to finish their Xbox games after years of coding in self exile. Wracked with insecurities and their own brand of geeky neuroses, audiences will end up cheering for these hard-working game makers as they try to buck a mainstream gaming system with their unique visions of interactivity. With just a Canon DSLR and help from Kickstarter.com for funding, Swirsky and Pajot have created a beautiful and fascinating look into the creative process in a never-been-told medium.

- Vince Horiuchi

"Indie Game: The Movie" screens at:

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m. - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City.

Saturday, Jan. 28, 12:15 p.m. - Holiday Village Cinema 2, Park City.