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.

  • Unwound: About a year ago, filmmaker Michael Marabella walked into a thrift shop and found an unlabeled cassette tape that contained the thoughts and musings of a young woman living in the 1970s. He set out to find this mysterious girl, but sort of came to a dead end when he found out she killed herself around the same time he found the tape. Now he, and a few other filmmakers are taking her cassette tape diary and making it into a movie. And here’s where this indie feature gets even more interesting. Unwound will be a collective project between four different directors who will all get the chance to share their impressions of this girl’s story in a segment of their own. Projects like these aren’t totally unheard of, but they’re still pretty rare. And if you’re an artist looking to be a part of a project, these filmmakers give you a chance to collaborate with them (for a small price). Check out the Unwound campaign over at Kickstarter.
  • Reservations: Ah, the afterlife. One of the biggest mysteries that we still know nothing about. Many movies have been made about this topic, and here’s another one – Reservations. This film, written and directed by Charlie Redd, tells the story of Ted, a guy who discovers that heaven is actually an old and over-booked hotel. But, Ted’s not looking for a life lesson. He just wants to book a room and get on with his afterlife, but before he can enjoy room service, he must face the cranky desk clerk Mrs. Gates, who is keeping him from a peaceful eternity. This doesn’t sound like your typical afterlife movie, and that’s why we dig it. Head over to Indiegogo to check out the project’s campaign.
  • The Shuttleworths: Director and animator Kevin Baldwin is making a short 30-minute film based on the award-winning BBC Radio show The Shuttleworths, which features comedian Graham Fellows as the versatile singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth. If you’d like to get a sense of what the film will be like (not like The Simpsons, or King of the Hill, FYI), head over to Indiegogo and check out a brief clip. It’s quite charming.

Pick of the Week:

  • The Man Who Saved The World: Stanislav Petrov’s story is worth telling. In 1983, he was the commanding officer on duty at the Soviet nuclear early warning center, when the system falsely reported the launching of five nuclear missiles from the United States. He dismissed the warnings as false alarms, thus preventing the start of WWIII! The filmmakers at Statement Film are trying to tell Petrov’s story, but they need help finishing the project. If this film interests you, check out the campaign page for The Man Who Saved The World 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?