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.

  • Central Park Tale: Animation director Daniel Jeannette has worked on several fascinating films including Happy Feet, The Hunger Games and Where the Wild Things Are. Now he’s ready to be the captain of his own ship. Together with writer/producer Jacqui Barcos,  Jeannette is trying to bring to the screen Central Park Tale, an animated re-imagining of West Side Story. As you might imagine, animation can be very expensive, that’s why this project needs help. Right now there’s only a few concept drawings, but the little that’s out there looks beautiful. If you’re into cute squirrels, go to their Kickstarter to find out more. 
  • Styria: Vampire movies are not my cup of tea, but Styria feels unlike any other vampire film I’ve heard of. Directors Mark Devendorf and Mauricio Chernovetzky are making a film inspired Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Gothic novella Carmilla. Their film tells the story of a teenage girl whose intimate friendship with a beautiful stranger gradually consumes her. Right now the film is in the last stage of post-production and needs help. If you’re tired of the same of vampire tales, then you might want to check out their campaign over Kickstarter. Be sure to watch the movie trailer.
  • Everlasting: Written and directed by Anthony Stabley, Everlasting tells the story of a high school student who makes a film about his girlfriend who was murdered. Eventually he comes face to face with her killer. Stabley has been the art director for films like Stigmata, White Oleander and Safe. For Everlasting he’s brought together a bunch of young actors and even managed to get Rose McGowan to play a part. Everlasting is in its final days of shooting and needs help wrapping up. I’m getting a Twin Peaks-vibe from this project, so if you’re into that go check out the film’s trailer over at Indiegogo.

Pick of the Week:

  • Grow up, Tony Phillips: Emily Hagins made her first film when she was a mere girl of 12. She’s 19 now and on her fourth feature. Grow Up, Tony Phillips is a coming-of-age story that takes place on Halloween. It’s a comedy about a boy who doesn’t think childhood passions should have an expiration date. Hagins’ last film My Sucky Teen Romance was successfully released on DVD, Blu-ray, iTunes and VOD earlier this month. It’s important to support young talent, and Hagins is a kid who hasn’t given up on her dream. Grow up, Tony Phillips sounds like a genuine and sweet teen story. Check out their Kickstarter page for more information.

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?