FilmBuff has licensed worldwide distribution rights to the feature-length documentary “Thank You For Playing.” The film follows Ryan Green, an indie video game developer, as he creates the critically acclaimed “That Dragon, Cancer” game, which is based on his youngest son’s battle with terminal cancer. The documentary was an official selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, IDFA 2015 and the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, and was recently an Indiewire Project of the Day.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Thank You For Playing’ follows Ryan Green and his family over two years through the creation of a game meant to honor the life of his terminally ill son. Beginning as a cathartic exercise, it soon evolves into a critically acclaimed fusion of art and technology that sets the gaming industry abuzz – a testament to the human spirit, reaching into the depths of despair and extracting something truly beautiful.
“This is an emotionally complex and artistically important documentary, and we’re thrilled to be bringing it to the audience that it deserves,” said FilmBuff’s Sam Scupp in an official statement. “The human story behind the game is even more powerful through the lens of the parents and family who live through it.”
The filmmakers, David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise $35,000 for a grassroots impact tour to bring the film to theaters across North America and communities worldwide. Because of the FilmBuff acquisition, part of the funds will now go towards grassroots screenings – often free to the public – in community centers, places of worship, and campuses around the world.
The game was officially released in January 2016. “Thank You For Playing” will be released in select theaters nationwide beginning March 18, and On Demand platforms starting March 29.