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.
- Song Dynasties: Since 2007, of Montreal has been documenting their career. With the help of filmmakers like Craig Zobel (Compliance) and Jason Miller, the psychedelic band was able to get their live shows professionally taped. Soon after, the cameras followed them everywhere they went, and now they’ve got tons of footage of themselves on tour, backstage, in the studio, you name it. And here’s where Kickstarter comes in. of Montreal has launched a campaign to help raise funds to bring this film to life. Thankfully, of Montreal isn’t like the Justin Biebers and Katy Perrys of the world. Unfortunely, that also means there’s no big studio producing their documentary. So if you’re a fan of the band, here’s your chance to help them out. They’ve also got some cool stuff for people who pledge.
- Other Months: Other Months is comprised of three short films that follow the life of a rootless young plumber who dreams of becoming a writer, but never actually writes. Director Nick Singer‘s started the project with February, a short that was officially admitted into the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. The second installment, titled July, has also been filmed and completed. November is the third and final part in the Other Months trilogy, and Singer is trying to raise funds to complete this final chapter. Other Months is described as a character study, and the first installment was praised for its darkness and beautifully-shot scenes. You can check out footage of the other short films at Kickstarter.
- Where The Road Ends: Filmmaker Billy Zeb Smith‘s documentary Where The Road Ends takes us to one of North America’s last untouched tropical rainforests, The Darién, located in southeastern Panama. This documentary wants to educate people on the importance of this ecological zone, and expose some of its ongoing problems. Find out more information about this project at Kickstarter.
Pick of the Week:
- Menthol: Boyz N The Hood producer Steve Nicolaides is helping music video director Micah Van Hove make his first feature. The film, titled Menthol, tells the story of four friends who come together a couple of years after high school graduation. During their brief reunion, a crisis forces them to confront the consequences of their lifestyles. Hove, who describes himself as a “hobo filmmaker,” is also a talented cinematographer. His work feels intimate and a bit chaotic, as life tends to be sometimes. Although high school reunions don’t normally tell a unique story, Menthol feels honest. Go to Kickstarter to find out more about this project.
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?