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.

  • THE LOVELY REJECTS: Filmmaker Judy Phu made a feature length movie that addresses youth, the power of love and the consequences of dealing with healthcare in the United States. Her film, The Lovely Rejects, tells of a young couple who meets in chemotherapy. They can’t afford their prescriptions so they decide to steal them and end up becoming Robin Hood-types for people who need meds. If you’d like to see the trailer for The Lovely Rejects head over to Kickstarter. Maybe you’ll end up making a donation, which the filmmakers seriously need to finish their project.
  • LOOK UP: Look Up is a sci-fi romance that tells the story of a couple that falls in love the day UFOs descend from the heavens. The couple then struggles to adjust to this new life, but soon lose touch with the world in front of them. The film is written and directed by Scott McInnes. He’s worked in Australian TV, and has written and directed segments of the videogame series Save Point TV. This project is being funded exclusively on Indiegogo. The filmmakers are trying to raise $5000 to start production. If you’d like to know more about the film, let McInnes tell you about it. Head over to the crowd-funding site now.
  • THE KILLINGS: In The Killings, two vagrants names Henry and Fred decide to rob a wealthy and empty house… except said house is neither of those things and the pair get themselves into a violent mess of trouble. Henry and Fred are then forced to decide the fate of the young homeowners. This short film is being put together by a team of dedicated young filmmakers. Director Fraser White, writer Whitney Carlson and producer Mark Kudel are ready to start production on The Killings but need funds to do so. Allow them to sell you their project themselves – head over to Indiegogo to find out more about their film.

Pick of the Week:

  • STRIPPED: In a time when newspapers are rapidly disappearing, cartoonists have had to change the way they pursue the profession. Stripped is a love-letter to comic strips, and it explores the art of it in a time when newsprint is fading away. The filmmakers behind this documentary have gathered over 90 interviews with legendary cartoonists like Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Jim Davis (Garfield), and Cathy Guisewite (Cathy). The film is just a few short steps away from being completely done. There’s some licensing footage fees that can get pretty expensive and the filmmakers need your help to cover them. If you grew up loving comic strips, then you’ll probably love this doc. Check out Stripped at Kickstarter.

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?