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.

  • Rocks In My Pockets: Independent animator Signe Baumane has made a total of 14 animated shorts. Rocks In My Pockets is her very first feature. In it, she combines stop-motion and hand-drawn animation to tell a personal story about history, adventure, love, women and hope. Baumane calls Pockets “an animated feature for adults” and a “funny film about depression.” She promises to make you squeal, weep, cringe and laugh. 99 minutes of animation have been finished, but she still needs help paying for coloring, sound effects and music. If you’re a sucker for animation and/or quirky stories, check out the Rocks In My Pockets campaign at Kickstarter.
  • About Abigail: Wanna help out a few sensitive guys make a movie? 6 writer-directors are each making a short about one girl and putting it all together into one feature-length film called About Abigail. Each short will show one guy’s life-changing experience with the same woman. The film is something in the vein of Four Rooms, but indier. Check out the trailer for the film at Kickstarter.
  • Hear The Doors: In Hear The Doors, a young boy explores an infinite mansion. Outside the giant house, eery creatures threaten to break in, and the young boy only has a stethoscope to protect himself. Not much a weapon, true, but with it he hears the whispers of a mysterious and unknown universe. Hear The Doors is being made by siblings Leonora and Jonathan Moore. They’re inspired by films like Eraserhead, The Silence, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ivan’s Childhood and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. If you’d like to help make their project a reality, head over to Kickstarter to check out their campaign.

Pick of the Week:

  • Where The Red Fox Lies: One look at Jeff Ray‘s Where The Red Fox Lies and you’ll know this is a film worth supporting. The short is about a girl who suffers from spontaneous combustion and deals with some deep personal issues. There are some elements of horror, suspense, fantasy and sci-fi, but mainly, this film strives to be a drama about two sisters who try to reconnect and mend their broken relationship. The story requires CGI and special effects (some of which you can see in the film’s trailer at Kickstarter), and Ray is trying to raise enough money to give Red Fox the look it deserves. This is a unique short that could open a lot of doors for a seemingly talented filmmaker. Check out his film’s campaign. You won’t regret it. 

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?