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.

  • Showrunners: Just about every showrunner currently producing a TV show is featured in Showrunners, a documentary about the creative and chaotic world of the showrunner. This documentary promises to take you inside the lives and minds of today’s top TV showrunners like Terence Winter (Boardwark Empire), Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Hart Hanson (Bones), and J.J. Abrams (Fringe). The campaign video, which can be seen at Kickstarter, includes behind-the-scenes footage at Comic-Con, interviews with the showrunners, a peek inside some of writers’ rooms and more. If you’re a diehard TV fan or just interested in the showrunner process, this is something you’d probably like to see.
  • The Purple Onion: The Purple Onion tells the story of an unfortunate amateur comedian who works as a busboy and still lives with his mother. If you like the tone of Louie, then you might also dig this project. It’s not a typical comedy, per say. It’s an off-beat comic-drama film about an out-of-luck comedian dealing with loneliness, creative independence, confidence, defeat and all kinds of life-related issues. Real-life comedian Edwin Li plays the lead. Head over to Indiegogo for more details on this film.
  • Loves Her Gun: Twenty-something hipster Allie trades Brooklyn for the Texas gun culture in Lauren Modery‘s Loves Her Gun. This film deals with the anxieties and fears of a paranoid person who uses weapons to protect herself. The footage at Indiegogo projects strong emotions, raw performances and heavy violence. The lead, Allie, is seen several times with a bad black eye. There’s also some screaming and crying and gun shots. It’s a dark film, but worth checking out.

Pick of the Week:

  • The Phoenix Project: The Phoenix Project is a high-concept low budget film in the vein of Shane Carruth‘s Primer. The film explores the motivations and ethical boundaries of the human mind and tells the story of four young research scientists who move into a house together to build a machine that revives dead organisms. It’s an ambitious project with gorgeous-looking footage and cool set design. The acting also looks solid. Shooting has wrapped, but the filmmakers need help with color correction, sound design and spreading the word. Check out The Phoenix Project campaign page at Kickstarter, and be amazed by their video.

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?