We tend to hate on Hollywood studios because of the movie projects they choose to fund (Transformers 4, anyone?). So much of typical Hollywood product tends to be huge, expensive spectacles with little-to-no story, heavy special effects and poor acting. So, we at ScreenCrave have decided to help jump behind the indie film. Every week we’ll be bring you the Indie Fundraiser Roundup in which we feature projects seen on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that need our help. Check out this week’s picks below.

  • The Heist: The filmmakers of The Cove need help finishing their next documentary, The Heist, which we previously reported back in August. This time, the Cove team is tackling an even bigger problem, and they’re promising to deliver a bolder film. The Heist is about “the thousands of species that are blinking out before our eyes.” If you liked The Cove and want to see a brave team of filmmakers pull off a heist that will possibly change the world, then you want to visit Kickstarter to find out more.
  • I, Party Cup: This is something that you’ve probably asked yourself at one time or another, while playing beer pong at a party: “Why the red cup?” Filmmaker John Pavlus wants to make a short documentary about the infamous red plastic party cup because why not? Wouldn’t you like to know why we use it instead of another at parties? If so, check out his project at Kickstarter.
  • Ingenious: Jeremy Renner has become somewhat of an action hero. If he’s not Hawkeye in The Avengers (or Thor), he’s playing Jason Bourne’s protege in The Bourne Legacy. But there is a movie, called Ingenious, in which Renner plays a regular guy – a slick salesman who hits rock bottom. Now, this project has already been filmed and even hit the festival circuit. But the filmmakers want to pull a Kevin Smith and get the movie into theaters themselves, on their own terms (because you know how studios can be). If you want to know more about Ingenious, visit their Kickstarter page.

Pick of the Week:

  • Eden: Lady filmmaker Elise DuRant wants to tell an intimate father-daughter story. She’s currently in her hometown of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico trying to raise the funds to get this project going. Her film, Eden takes place both today and 25 years ago. It follows a young woman named Alma who returns to her hometown to investigate why her late father abandoned the country and took her as a child from the place she loved so much. The location looks interesting and could make for some beautiful cinematographic shots. Check out the project at Kickstarter.

Those are the projects we have for you this week. Be sure to check back every week for our Indie Fundraiser Roundup–helping you help indie cinema.

Which of these projects interests you?  Got one we missed?