There seems to be a number of documentaries popping up based on video games lately. I suppose it could be due to the fact that gaming is still a relatively new form of entertainment that has very quickly become a massive billion dollar industry. Having said that, not much attention has been given to the growth of video games as an artform. Directors Marcin Ramocki and Justin Strawhand have created ’8-Bit’, a film that examines the affect video games have had on our culture, whether it be through art, music or other creative outlets. Here’s a synopsis:
A mélange of a rocumentary, art expose and a culture-critical investigation, 8 BIT ties together seemingly disconnected phenomena like the 80’s demo scene, chiptune music and contemporary artists using machinima and modified games. Produced in NYC, LA, Paris and Tokyo, 8 BIT brings a global perspective on the new artistic approaches of the DIY generation which grew up playing Atari and Commodore 64.
This is definitely tailor made for pop culture junkies, and because of that, i’m not sure how wide the overall appeal will be for a film like ’8-Bit’. That aside, the trailer seems to provide a good mix of art, music and nostalgia, and should definitely satisfy the hardcore video game enthusiast. Check out the trialer for 8-Bit below and then head on over to their official website to find out how you can see this film.
Related Link: 8-Bit Official Website