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.

  • Rubble Kings: In the 70s, gangs ruled New York City. Filmmaker Shan Nicholson‘s second feature length documentary Rubble Kings focuses on that subculture and how it influenced today’s hip hop culture. The goal of the film is to tell the story of how a few forgotten people did the impossible to stop this escalating bloodshed. Right now, Nicholson is running a campaign at Kickstarter, asking people to donate in order to get cleared on music rights and archival footage, which are crucial to the movie. If you’re interested, check it out. 
  • Sorry, Charlie: A group of student filmmakers at the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy are making Sorry, Charlie, a 10-minute short about the supernatural. The film takes place in a small Midwest town, where a little boy named Charlie lives. The problem with Charlie is that he has an imaginary friend who dares him to do dangerous things, like placing a toy sword into an electrical outlet. Naturally, his parents begin to worry. The young filmmakers behind this short have already organized themselves, but need help getting it done. If you’re interested, check out their Indiegogo page.
  • Slice: Slice focuses on the daunting moment when a woman over 40 has to decide whether to go under the knife or just embrace her natural beauty. The film follows a local newscaster who struggles to keep her job because of the way she looks. Karen Kennedy is directing and she needs your help to finish. Over at Indiegogo you can watch a charming trailer (there’s some good humor and acting in there), and then contribute what you can.

Pick of the Week:

  • Strutter: Strutter is a true indie film. Set in the Los Angeles music scene, this “kickstarter-funded cult film” is directed by longtime collaborators Allison Anders and Kurt Voss. Both have impressive resumes, and Strutter holds up. The film features a batch of fresh faces including a debut performance by Flannery Lunsford, who plays an aspiring L.A. rocker who loses both his band and his girl, but gains something better. The film has already premiered at some International festivals, but the filmmakers are now looking to manufacture and distribute on their own, and for that they need your help. This looks like a highly entertaining film, and it would be a shame for it not to get into some movie theaters. If you’re interested, head over to Kickstarter for more information on how you can contribute.

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?