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.

  • Fifth Of July: Do you ever wonder what was really going on when our Forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence? What their conversations were really like, or if they had a few strong drinks on that hot summer day? A new comedy by Joshua Grossman explores the day after they signed the document. In Fifth of July, the founders of our country wake up from a hangover, only to realize they’ve formed a new country. We think it’s a spectacular idea for a short piece, and you can check out a trailer at Kickstarter. The young filmmakers who are making this movie need your support to finish it, so if you like this idea, check out their campaign.
  • Wasteland: Wasteland is an indie film set in an apocalyptic world. The film follows Scott Miller, a young man trying to survive a deadly virus to be with the one he loves. Wasteland requires a lot of special effects – there’s blood and guts everywhere. The film is currently in post production and the filmmakers are hoping to enter it into a few festivals to get distribution. If you head over to Indiegogo, you’ll see a trailer of the film. The clip will offer you a better idea of what the filmmakers are trying to accomplish.
  • Sibling Rivalry: The goal of writer/director Denis Theriault is to reach as broad an audience as possible with his film Sibling Rivalry. The 8-minute short tells the story of Zach McDowell and his stepsister Hannah. Their relationship is brought under question after the two escape Hannah’s mother’s wake to hide in a nearby storage closet. The film is finished, but in order to reach an audience, Theriault has to submit it into festivals and that takes money. If you would like to watch the Sibling Rivalry trailer, head to YouTube. To find out more about the project, go to Indiegogo.

Pick of the Week:

  • The Green Girl: Independent filmmaker George Pappy is making a documentary about forgotten star Susan Oliver, a prolific actress (between the late ’50s and late ’80s) who appeared in a handful of notable films, but never quite broke out as a huge star. She also appeared as a guest star on the TV version of Star Trek. She was a beautiful vision in green. Pappy’s documentary is titled The Green Girl and he hopes to give Oliver the recognition she deserves. Besides being a hard-working actress, with over 125 credits on her resume, she was a record-setting aviator and an original member of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. She even directed an episode of M*A*S*H. Pappy will continue to fund this project himself, but he also hopes to raise some money through his Kickstarer campaign. Do check it out.

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?