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.

  • Beyond Clueless: Charlie Lyne is in search of the teen movie truth. To find it, he’s embarking on a feature-length odyssey through teen cinema from the years 1995-2004. In his film’s Kickstarter page, Lyne notes that more teen films were produced in that time frame (’95-’04) than in any other period before or since. Those films helped shape the world and everything in it for an entire generation, and they’re still influential today. Beyond Clueless is a documentary that will study the teen movie revolution between the time Clueless and Mean Girls were released. This is a film we would love to see get made. Lyne is talking about the movies we all grew up watching, and it’ll be interesting to see him figure out how those films impacted our lives.
  • Mlk & Hny: A group of young and confident filmmakers are trying to make a micro-budget, mumblecore film about the price people pay for their desires to escape society. The film is titled Mlk & Hny and tells the story of Norah, an 18-year-old girl who joins a group of misfits in their utopian desert hideaway. In the campaign video, which you can see at Indiegogo, writer/director Samantha Brustin and writer/producer Austin Minor give insightful information about their film. They seem quite confident in the story they want to tell and also the group of actors they’ve cast. If you’re into indie dramas about escapism and misunderstood teenagers, check out their campaign.
  • The Birdman: It’s hard to say exactly what The Birdman is about, or what it is. It’s a narrative film that’s also a documentary, but not really. Basically, it tells the story of Edward Mann, a young filmmaker who went out to the streets and shot an indie film in the early 1960′s. The film tells his story, but also focuses on his grandson, Daniel, who is also trying to be a filmmaker in the modern era. The film is written and directed by Daniel Mann, who also stars in the role of Daniel. The Birdman is described as a “juxtaposition between fictionalized plot and a documented travelogue [which] summons the ghosts of the past to participate in [Daniel's] imaginary tour.” It’s an intriguing synopsis, and if it interests you, check it out at Indiegogo.

Pick of the Week:

  • Inassenza: Italian filmmaker Domenico De Orsi has been editing movies for the past 10 years. Recently, he got the urge to tell a story of his own, and so he directed his first film titled Inassenza, about two sisters who are forced to face their past recollections. The campaign video De Orsi put together, and posted on Indiegogo, is charming and silly, and features some of his film’s beautiful and serene footage. Towards the end, De Orsi even gives a sentimental speech about independent filmmaking, which might resonate with other indie filmmakers. We say, check this video out. This guy looks like he knows what he’s doing.

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?