Published May 02, 2012As buzz continues to build for the Canadian-made Indie Game: The Movie, Hot Docs Live is bringing the film to 35 Canadian cities for a one-day screening on Thursday (May 3). A hit at SXSW and Sundance, where it won an award for Best Documentary Editing and got optioned by producer Scott Rudin for a HBO TV series, Indie Game directors James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot chronicle the lives of four independent videogame designers, respectively struggling for a chance to express their artistic visions.
Another kind of indie artist who can totally relate to the film's story is Toronto musician Jim Guthrie, who's written the soundtrack for Indie Game: The Movie.
If the Juno-nominated singer-songwriter has seemed low-key in recent years, it's because he has been busy reinventing himself, moving from modest rock clubs to a home studio where he has been scoring films and videogames, such as Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. At the recent Canadian Video Game Awards in Vancouver in April, the game surprised some by winning five awards, including a Best Original Music honour for Guthrie.
So, after reaching the widest worldwide audience of his career with Sworcery, which Guthrie pressed on high-grade vinyl himself, it's no surprise that he's continued to work in the gaming field with Indie Game: The Movie.
The upcoming soundtrack will be out on double vinyl and as a digital release on May 15, and you can get pre-order info here.
While the film itself continues to be a hot property, with companies like Pixar and Kickstarter requesting private screenings for their employees, 2012 could well be the year of Indie Game: The Movie.
For a list of all the participating cinemas screening Indie Game: The Movie and to buy tickets, head here.