Directed by: Lisanne Pajot 2012 | 103 min.

Section: Spring Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Canada

Languages: English

Genres: Documentary, Educational, Social Issues


Sponsored by:

Electric Pencil

With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.

After three 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.

First-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the emotional journey of these meticulously obsessive artists who devote their lives to their interactive art. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal—to express oneself through a video game.


Wednesday, April 18 8:45 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Lisanne Pajot
Producer James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot
Executive Producer Jeff Lindsay, John McCullah, Jourdain Pajot, Ken Schachter, Matthew Swirsky
Cast Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes, Phil Fish, Jonathan Blow, Gus Mastrapa, Danielle McMillen
Cinematographer Lisanne Pajot
Editor Lisanne Pajot
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