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.

  • Escape: Bonnie Bower is the enthusiastic producer and lead actress of independent filmmaker John Wynn‘s Escape. The film is a dramatic action thriller about a young heroine, played by Bower, who fights to save a little girl’s innocence, but in turn, loses her own. Wynn has previously worked on other award-winning projects. He even directed a documentary and produced his own indie-feature titled Cavemen. Both filmmakers are asking for help to kickstart this project. You can check out their campaign video at Indiegogo. The director even put together an animated storyboard featuring one of film’s action scenes. If you’re interested, check out their page for more information.
  • Bad Romance: Writer/director Andrew Shafer is getting ready to shoot his next film, Bad Romance. Since he was a teenager, Shafer has been fascinated with serial killers and slasher films (maybe you can relate). He hopes to tell a story of a misunderstood killer and make him relatable to an audience. The film focuses on Timothy Hall, a high school kid who is pressured to go to a motel during his prom night where he must deal with his girlfriend’s insanity and his own dark secret. Shafer will make this film with his usual crew. He previously directed an impressive short called Of Little Convenience. It’s 10-minutes long, and you can watch it at Vimeo to get an idea of his vision and style. To find out more information about Bad Romance, head over to Indiegogo.
  • Where Did You Go: Where Did You Go is a Canadian film that tells the story of a 9-year-old girl named Jane, who, like many kids around her age, is caught in the middle of her parents’ separation. The filmmakers are trying to fund their project using Indiegogo. They admit that their movie is small in scale, but also has a lot of heart. Sara May, the director, is eager to tell this true-to-life story to show people that it’s alright to be scared. There’s a short trailer of the movie at the film’s Indiegogo campaign page which looks colorful and sweet. If you feel like this is a story you can relate to, you should definitely check it out.

Pick of the Week:

  • Though I Know The River Is Dry: There’s one week left to go before Omar Robert Hamilton‘s Indiegogo campaign is over. He’s trying to raise funds for his film called Though I Know The River Is Dry, which tells the story of a man who is caught between his brother’s past and his child’s future. Alaa, the film’s main character, returns to Palestine, and on his journey through the country he relives the trauma of his past and the choice that sent him to America. Shooting was done last summer in Palestine, but Hamilton and Co. still need a lot of things to fully finish the movie. The short has already been accepted to the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, both of which take place this year. You can check out some footage of the film at Indiegogo. The turbulent cinematography shows images of war juxtaposed with scenes of people embracing each other. It’s a clash of chaos and peace, which is actually quite interesting. Now if you’re interested, head over to Indiegogo and lend a hand. There are some neat rewards for those who pledge.

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?