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.

  • Just A Kid: Filmmaker Michael Scotti has been working hard on Just A Kid, a film that explores family relationship specifically the bonds between siblings. His short focuses on Julie, a little girl who is trying to revive her once-strong relationship with her older brother Edward. The two use to spend their days together, making home movies and wearing gorilla masks, but when puberty hit Edward, their bond shriveled. Even if you’ve never made a film yourself, you can imagine that getting one done is practically a miracle. Scotti and his team need help finishing this project. You can find out more about Just A Kid at Kickstarter, there you’ll also find a neat trailer.
  • Something Mouldy: Something Mouldy combines the art of stop-motion and claymation to tell the story of a small French town obsessed with cheese. Rufus Dye-Montefiore is a 20-year-old filmmaker who has made a number of claymation shorts, but this one is bigger than any of his other projects. The film starts with the arrival of a stranger, who opens up a shop and becomes famous around town for his cheese-making. There’s a lot more to it of course, like lost souls and murder. If you’re interested in the project, head over to Kickstarter. There you’ll find some photos of the tiny set and a cute video.
  • White Rabbit: In White Rabbit, a young hopeful journalist investigates the grotesque murder of a rabbit. A rabbit, you ask? Well, this is a coming-of-age story which takes place at an elite private school, where the main character is a teenager girl who feels disconnected from those around her. The film is being made as a senior thesis project by student filmmaker Christina Yoon. Even though this type of story about alienated teens has been told before, Yoon offers something fresh – her background. Along with her producer Benjamin Kim, she hopes to embrace the Asian culture with this film, as well as tell a story about that time in your life when you’re unsure about everything. Check out the campaign for White Rabbit at Kickstarter.

Pick of the Week:

  • Zero Charisma: In Zero Charisma, nerds and hipsters collide. Scott Weidemeyer (Sam Eidson) is an intense, metal-loving, gamer geek who lives with his grandmother and works at a local donuts shop. He lives for Tuesday nights when he gets to be the Game Master, but things take a turn when Miles, a skinny hipster, joins the game. Miles is everything Scott isn’t – handsome, charming and secure. This new presence sends Scott into an identity crisis. This film is almost finished. It has already been accepted into SXSW and will have its world premiere at the festival. It looks absolutely stupendous. The trailer contains several LOL-moments, and Eidson’s performance is a must-see (so it seems). The film is directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews. Check out the trailer at Indiegogo. 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 project interests you? Got one we missed?