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.

  • When We Separate: There are many films about love stories. Some are great, but many tend to tell the same tale in the same old way. Stefan Pavlovic‘s When We Separate is about the ins and outs of a couple’s long relationship. The story is traditional, but something about the project makes it feel different. Though the film hasn’t gone into production yet, there’s some great mock footage featured in the movie’s campaign trailer. Check out the clip and the project at Kickstarter.
  • The Lonely Cure: Feeling lonely? Indie director Gall Friedman has The Lonely Cure. It looks like Vanilla Sky meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The film tells the story of Calvin Morrison, a guy who is constantly struggling to make connections with people. When he finds a company offering a “life-altering solution for your problem,” he believes he’s finally found the cure to his loneliness. Speaking frankly, this sounds intriguing. We’ve seen stories like this a few times before, and they make pretty great mysteries. Go to Indiegogo to see the awesome trailer.
  • ExVotos: Mexican filmmaker Ivete Lucas is going to Real de Catorce, Mexico for her next project, ExVotos, about a young girl and her mother who set out on a catholic pilgrimage. All of the film will be shot in this tiny town during the festivities of Saint Francis. Lucas has described it as half documentary, half narrative, where actors will interact with real people. Check out the project at Kickstarter.

Pick of the Week:

  • Misfire: The Rise And Fall Of The Shooting Gallery: Kevin Smith‘s book Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good mentions the rise and fall of the once-independent studio Miramax. Believe it or not, the Weinstein brothers used to actually produce real indie films, directed by and starring unknowns. Misfire: The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery is a documentary about the independent film company that brought you indie films like Sling Blade and You Can Count On Me. The Shooting Gallery was a company that rose to prominence during the independent film scene of the 90s before “financial risk-taking and business mismanagement caused it to crash.” The film features interviews with Edie Falco, Robin Tunney and Morgan Spurlock. It looks like an interesting topic to tackle, and is definitely relevant to today’s film industry. Check it out 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?