US and the Game Industry, NZ Filmmaker Stephanie Beth’s acclaimed feature film documentary on the world of computer games has won selection into this year’s NZ International Film Festival (NZIFF) following its recent successful screening at the USA Dances with Films Independent Film Festival.
The film explores in depth the art, emotion and music involved in interactive game design, undertaken by creative contributors to the 21st century’s most popular art form: the video game.
Billed as a must-see, the documentary provides a rare glimpse into a fascinating creative world of games design, and a love letter to the 21st century’s only truly new art form.
Henry Feltham, who reviewed the film for NZIFF says, “Stephanie Beth presents a soulful picture of the international game industry, as seen by several of its renowned independent creators, while following the production of the record-breaking ‘indie game’ Journey”.
“Making a case for the centrality of games to modern life, Us and the Game Industry confirms everything so-called ‘art gamers’ already knew, and brings the rest of us up to speed. Along the way Beth discovers why games – despite being the most successful entertainment form in history – remain relatively invisible, bemoans the imaginative failure of blockbuster ‘AAA’ games, investigates the nature of creativity in the digital age, and argues that we’re just seeing the beginning of gaming as a form. Exciting, eye-opening and perfectly timed, it’s a ‘wow’ look at the interface of art and technology.”
For more information, see www.usandthegameindustry.com.
Produced with assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission, The film runs for 95 minutes and its session times are listed below for the main centres or can be found at the NZIFF website www.nziff.co.nz
Session times are: Auckland, 6.15pm, 1 August and 1.15pm, 3 August at The Edge on Queen Street; Wellington, 5.45pm, 28 July at Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre at 8.30pm, 7 August at The Film Archive; Christchurch, 6.50pm, 18 August at Northland 3; and Dunedin, 6.30pm at Rialto Theatre.