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.

  • 56 Pink Flamingos: Catherine Sumner is a 55-year-old woman who spends her days at a telemarketing agency, and lives at home with her younger sister and brother-in-law. When her sister gets pregnant, Catherine is forced to move out. Due to some circumstances she finds herself spending a day with a male co-worker and from that, an intimate friendship is born. 56 Pink Flamingos seems to have a similar vibe to Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home. It’s being made by a couple of passionate filmmakers who need your help to finish what they’ve started. If you’re interested check out their campaign at Indiegogo.
  • The Opportunist: David Lassiter and Alberto Roldan teach a valuable lesson about sound in movies in their campaign video for their new project titled The Opportunist. Their short film tells the story about a young man who charms his way in and out of nearly any situation. But we soon find out that his intentions may be less than pure. The filmmakers started a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funds to make their film sound great. In their campaign video, they creatively tell us just how important this element is in a movie. Check out their page.
  • Upstairs: Upstairs is the passion project of Montana Mann. She describes it as a short dark comedy that takes place in the master bedroom while a dogs funeral proceeds downstairs. At the core of her film is the story of a young woman that finally stands up for herself and learns to speak with her own voice. But not before some ridiculous shenanigans happens. Mann is a young filmmaker who has already finished one short before, and now she’s moving on to another one. With the help of her producer Barbara Stephan, cinematographer Mike Reyes, and our/your help she hopes to fund this short comedy. Check out her campaign at Kickstarter.

Pick of the Week:

  • Native Boy: Filmmaker Henry Roosevelt is a retired firefighter, now trying to bring a magical story to life. His short project Native Boy tells the story about a boy’s quest to capture the sun. That’s not a very helpful plot synopsis, but it sounds intriguing, especially when you’ve watched the trailer for the film. The footage Roosevelt shows in his trailer, available at Kickstarter, is raw, wild and beautiful. It shows a child running wild in a dark, magical forest… among other things. It’s got a Where the Wild Things Are feel and look to it. Check out his campaign.

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?