Indie Game: The Movie

Synopsis: A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.
Production: The Film Sales Company
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Where's the remote?

Is the remote over there?

7 months from now

Super Meat Boy

Xbox Release Day

What the Hell?

Are you fucking kidding me?

Are you fucking kidding me?

I've got plenty of information...

It's not here.

...I know on our launch day...

Where is it?

...Which is our biggest sales day...

What the F*CK is that!?!


...we're not even featured anywhere...

I know on our launch day,

at this point

We're going to do worse than

all of them.

Indie Game:
The Movie

Part of it... about not trying to be...


A lot of people come in

to indie games...

...trying to be like a big company.

What those companies do... create highly polished things...

...that serve as large

of an audience as possible.

The way that you do that is by...

...filing off all the bumps

on something.

If there's a sharp corner,

you make sure it's not going to

hurt anybody.

If they bump into it or whatever.

That creation of this highly glossy,

commercial product

Is the opposite of

making something personal.

I am determined to make video games...

...and I make video games

because I can.

I'm very, very good at programing.

I can still make something that

expresses myself.

Like a movie or something

that I wrote.

I can make that as a video game.

And I have the full ability

to do that.

Things that are personal...

...have flaws.

They have vulnerabilities.

To me, games

are the ultimate art form.

It's just the ultimate medium.

It's the sum total of every

expressive medium of all time...

...made interactive.

How is that not...


I want to be part of it.

I want to have a say

in what becomes of video games.

If you don't see a

vulnerability in somebody...

You're probably not relating with them

on a very personal level.

So it's the same with a game design.

My whole career has been me,

trying to find new ways... communicate with people.

Because, I desperately want to

communicate with people.

But I don't want the

messy interaction of having to...

...make friends and talk to people.

Because I probably don't like them.

When you make games.

And you put stuff up online.

And people like your stuff

or don't like your stuff.

Either way, they're going to give you

some kind of feedback.

And you have this conversation.

It's why a writer writes I guess.

Because they can.

It's the most effective way to

express themselves.

And a video game is the most

effective way I can express myself.

Making it was about...

Let me take my deepest flaws

and vulnerabilities...

...and put them in the game.

And let's see what happens.

The generation indie game

developers are coming from,

and I'm part of this generation also,

we're the first generation that

grew up with video games.

But not as

an active purchasing choice.

Since I was part of

that generation...

I feel an ownership of it.

Games are mine.

For anyone that grew up

after 1975; 1980 or so...

...we were the first generation

to grow up with our parents us games.

And for us to grow up with games... a natural, and relevant part of

our everyday existence.

This is not a

weird kid activity for me.

This is not like

some strange nerdy pastime.

This has been a part of my life.

There's been a tendency...

...over the past couple decades in

mainstream games... make everything bigger

and more realistic.

To 'Amp Up'



Big games have other goals.

They want to entertain you.

They want to get 10 million people

playing at the same time.

But with Indie Games,

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Ike Barinholtz

Isaac "Ike" Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American comedian, actor and screenwriter. He was a cast member on MADtv from 2002 to 2007, Eastbound & Down (2012), and had a regular role on The Mindy Project. In his film work, he is best known for his acting roles in Neighbors (2014) and its sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Sisters (2015), Suicide Squad (2016) and Blockers (2018), as well for as co-writing the screenplay for the 2016 comedy film Central Intelligence. more…

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