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.

  • Marvin: Brooke Aldrich‘s Marvin is a short comedy about a man who befriends a talking hamster (named Marvin) who’s a lot like Robert DeNiro, just inside of a hamster. He’s ballsy and drinks whiskey, and reminds us a lot of Ted. Aldrich has already locked a cast and crew for the live-action/animated project. They’re all working for free because they really love the project. But they need your help to animate the character of Marvin and a few other things (like food and lights). Check out their campaign at Kickstarter
  • It’s A Man’s World: We’re totally into zombies right now (like the rest of the world). So we’re giving a shout out to It’s A Man’s World, an Australian film set in a post-apocalyptic world where a zombie virus has ravaged the world. The twist, you ask? Only females have been infected (hence the name of the movie). The film was written and is being directed by Gregory Kelly. Currently he’s in need of funding because zombie movies can get expensive (there’s make-up and special effects to consider). If you’re interested in low-budget zombie movies, check out their trailer for It’s A Man’s World at Indiegogo.
  • Model Home: Monique Gabriela Curnen is such a badass actress. She’s always playing tough roles in movies like The Dark Knight and TV shows like The Unusuals and Lie To Me. She’s currently the star of the indie project Model Home, which tells the unique story of a single mother who begins to entertain dangerous fantasies while “staging” a model home in an empty development. There comes a point when Curnen’s character Camila, feeling totally isolated and under enormous pressure, descends into a powerful nightmare more real than any American Dream. The filmmakers behind Model Home put together a Kickstarter campaign video, which features cool footage and concept art of the movie. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Pick of the Week:

  • Shadowland: In Shadowland, civilization is at its end. The country has been reduced to a land where only a few, strictly-governed communities still exist. Everywhere else is a shadowland. The film focuses on Gil Parsons, a wanderer who’s wary of the strangers he meets. The project is being helmed by Steven Wesley Miller, who’s debut short Inch of Grace got accepted into the 2012 Nashville Film Festival. According to Miller, Linds Edwards (The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries) has already signed on to play the lead. There’s a campaign video for the film over at Indiegogo, which features a beautifully-written monologue about the state of this post-apocalyptic world. There’s also some gorgeous cinematography of a man lost in the woods. If you’re interested, check out Miller’s 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?