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.

  • Andres: Andres is a biographical film by Mexican filmmaker Eduardo Garcia Lecuona. It’s a coming-of-age story about a young and privileged Mexican guy who spends his weekends drinking and starting brawls. The interesting this about this project is that it’s going to be set in the filmmaker’s home town of Valle de Bravo (located in the State of Mexico). This film is a love letter to Lecuona’s youth and the place he loves so much. We’re getting a Y Tu Mama Tambien-vibe from this, so if you liked that, maybe you’ll dig this too. Find out more about the film at Indiegogo.
  • Run Away: Run Away is an experimental short that tells the story of a pair of strangers who conspire to run away together. The film is being directed by Katie Affleck, but it’s cinematographer Judita Ragauskaite who’s to be credited for the idea. The filmmakers offer some footage of Run Away in a Kickstarter campaign video. There you can see that this is an extremely creative film with very precise visual style. There’s a lot of shadows and silhouettes. It’s very David Lynch. For more information, go to Kickstarter.
  • World Fair: Amanda Murray has always been fascinated by the 1939 New York World’s Fair. For the past year she’s been researching the history of the fair, interviewing people who went to it and looking at a lot of archival footage for her documentary Wold Fair. The focus of her film is this spectacular event that took place on the heels of the Great Depression in Queens, New York. Murray has already shot everything, but needs help finishing the film. If you’re interested in the subject or just enjoy learning about new things, check out the World Fair campaign at Kickstarter.

Pick of the Week:

  • Harbinger: A group of North Carolina filmmakers are ambitiously trying to finish a short called Harbinger. The film follows a 9-year-old boy named Harold who has an active and sometimes dangerous imagination. One day, his adopted mother spills the news that she’s expecting her first biological child, prompting him to build a wooden tower to intercept this unborn baby. There are a lot of elements of fantasy in this project, but the focus is on the relationship between the mother and child. The concept art for the short looks very impressive, but in order to tell this story effectively and successfully, the filmmakers need your help. If you’re into fantasy films about kids with wild imaginations, then check out the Harbinger campaign at Indiegogo.

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?