The film’s official synopsis reads: “When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. ‘Thank You for Playing’ follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of ‘That Dragon, Cancer’ as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as ‘unimaginably intimate’ by The New Yorker and ‘profoundly moving by Indiewire, ‘Thank You for Playing’ is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age.”
The game is “That Dragon, Cancer,” which was eventually released in January of this year. As
the Numinous team describes it: “‘That Dragon, Cancer’ is a video-game
developer’s love letter to his son; an immersive adventure game to
inspire love for others; a memorial for hundreds who have fought cancer.
It is a poetic and playful interactive retelling
of Joel Green’s 4-year fight against cancer, and an autobiographical
memoir of how parents Ryan and Amy embrace hope in the face of
The film will be released in select theaters beginning March 18. Check out our exclusive trailer above.