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Boston FIG Announces Film Screenings At Gaming Festival

Posted on August 2, 2012 AT 01:49pm

The inaugural Boston Festival of Indie Games have announced a list of films that will be screened at this year’s interactive event.

Indie Game: The Movie, Get Lamp, and Darkon have all been confirmed to be playing at Boston FIG this year. Film screenings are scheduled all day in the EG&G Education Center, building #34 on the MIT campus. Attendance to both the festival and the film screenings is free, but advance online registration is required.

For more information, check out the press release below:


Boston Festival of Indie Games announces film screenings

Fest features films Indie Game: The Movie, Get Lamp and Darkon

Wednesday, August 1, 2012—Cambridge, MA— Boston Festival of Indie Games, presented by MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies, is pleased announce their film screening, including INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, GET LAMP and DARKON.  All three films are being screened during the festival schedule from 10 am to 10 pm on the day of the fest.

Scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at MIT, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development in a variety of media and genres.  The event is free and open to the public, and to be held on the MIT campus. The Boston Festival of Indie Games showcase is an opportunity for independent game developers to show off their games, get feedback from the public and win great prizes, including full versions of Adobe Creative Suite and Unity pro licenses.

The line-up of films being screened at the Boston Festival of Indie Games includes INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, a look at indie game developers around the U.S.; GET LAMP, an introspective view into interactive fiction; and DARKON, a close examination of the Darkon Wargaming phenomenon.  For a complete listing of films and the festival film screening schedule, please visit our web site at www.bostonfig.com.

Dan Silvers, festival co-producer and film coordinator, says, “It was important to us to include films in our indie games festival as a way to tell more of the story about indie game development in the U.S.  While film is a different communication medium than games, these films fully illustrate the dynamics, struggle, passion and artistry that go into the development of an independent game.  We are proud to have the opportunity to present works by these filmmakers.”



INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. First-time filmmaking duo Pajot and Swirsky worked on the project for over a year, gathering stories from indie game developers all over North America, handling all producing, directing, cinematography, editing, and writing for the feature film. Following the making of the games SUPER MEAT BOY, FEZ and BRAID, this Sundance and SXSW award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these developers’ vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.



GET LAMP is a documentary film about interactive fiction (also known as text adventures) filmed by computer historian Jason Scott, creator, owner and maintainer of textfiles.com, a web site which archives files from historic bulletin board systems.  Scott is also the creator of a 2005 documentary film about BBSes, BBS: The Documentary.  GET LAMP is a documentary containing material from roughly 80 interviews of interactive fiction developers, designers, and players, including focus on Infocom, the best-known commercial publisher of interactive fiction.



Directed by directed by Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer, DARKON is an award-winning feature-length documentary film that follows the real-life adventures of the Darkon Wargaming Club in Baltimore, Maryland, a group of fantasy live-action role-playing (LARP) gamers.  DARKON premiered and won the Best Documentary Audience Award at the 2006 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Darkon is an official selection playing at Hot DocsMaryland Film FestivalSilverdocsLA Film FestivalBritdoc and Melbourne International Film Festival.

Films screenings are scheduled all day in the EG&G Education Center, building #34 on the MIT campus. Attendance to the festival and the film screenings is free, but advance online registration is required.  For more complete details on registration, building locations, parking options and directions to the Boston Festival of Indie Games, please visit our web site at www.bostonfig.com.

The Boston Festival of Indie Games offers the opportunity for festival attendees to play video games, live action games, tabletop games and interactive fiction in a casual environment.  Fest features include a 12-hour game jam, digital art exhibit, film screenings and special guest speakers from the national indie games space.  A special showcase will highlight games developed by the MIT Game Lab, which has created nearly fifty games over the last five years, a number of which have gone on to critical acclaim and commercial success. For complete details, please visit www.bostonfig.com.

About the Boston Festival of Indie Games:


The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England region.  The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing a free public event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, including video games, location-based games, tabletop games and interactive fiction.  Produced under the non-profit auspices of BeEpic, a Boston location-based games production group, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and independent interests in game play. Fest sponsors include Adobe, Tapjoy, Unity, MassDigi and Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton.

About MIT Game Lab:


The MIT Game Lab brings together scholars, creators and technologies to teach, conduct research and develop new approaches to applied game design and construction. Ranked by the Princeton review as the #2 Game Design Program in North America, the MIT Game Lab maintains MIT’s roles as leader in the study, design and development of games. The MIT Game Lab’s goal is to explore, educate and engage the public by creating groundbreaking games, interactive online courses and new applications to real world challenges.

About Boston Indies:


Boston Indies is a community of dedicated independent game developers in Massachusetts and the surrounding area.  Boston Indies works to foster a sense of community among Boston’s independent game developers, facilitate monthly meet-ups and other related community events, encourage developers to create games independent of large budgets and large company ties, provide a safe environment to obtain critical feedback on game development works in progress and serve as a brain trust for important information sharing among local independent developers.

To schedule an interview or for more festival info, please contact Caleb Garner, Boston Festival of Indie Games publicist, at press@bostonfig.com; or contact Andrew Whitacre, Communications Director at the MIT Game Lab, at awhit@mit.edu or (617) 324-0490.  More info is also available at www.bostonfig.com.

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008, where he is a contributing editor and host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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