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.

  • Reflection of the Life: Indie filmmaker Michel Hulsey has put together an attractive, black-and-white, short film called Reflection of the Life. The short follows a young man who sets out to find the girl of his daydreams. Reflection has a similar vibe and look to God of Love, the romantic comedy by Luke Matheny that won an Oscar in the live action short film category in 2010. Hulsey’s completely done with his short, but hoping to submit it into more festivals. Check out the campaign for Reflection at Kickstarter.
  • Where the Mangos Grow: A group of students at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia are putting their talents to use on a short film titled Where the Mangos Grow. The film is set during the Great Depression and tells the story of a young runaway who spends time with a group of misfits living in an alleged mystical forest they call The Lantern. There’s a lot of planning going into this, and the filmmakers look eager to get this movie made. Head over to Kickstarter to hear their pitch.
  • X= A Generation: Rakeda L. Ervin‘s documentary X= A Generation hopes to explore the culture and politics of Generation X. Ervin began researching her generation about five years ago, and felt that there was very little information about it. With her documentary, she wants to update the generation’s history though an educational profile which covers the active political years of Gen X. Ervin has managed to get The Documentary Channel to air her film, but she needs help finishing it first. There’s a lot of licensing she needs to take care of before the film can air. Check out her campaign at Kickstarter.

Pick of the Week:

  • I Am Not A Weird Person: Emmy is having one of those days where she just can’t bring herself to leave the house. That’s the basic story of Marni and Molly’s I Am Not A Weird Person. The film was written and directed by a team of gals who once shared physical living space together, and is inspired by that phase in their lives. I Am Not A Weird Person has a quirky, independent humor and tells a simple story. The film was completely financed by the creative team, and shot last summer. But there’s still some things that need to be taken care of, like color correction, licensing and editing. Check out Marni and Molly’s campaign video at Ingiegogo.  

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?