A Teacher's Reward

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.

  • HOW TO MAKE A NIGHTMARE: How To Make A Nightmare is a short film that explores the ugly place where nightmares are created. The story focuses on a nightmare chemist who falls in love, but once that happens, everything starts spiraling out of control. Boston filmmaker Noah Aust is the director of this 10-minute live action/stop motion movie. He has already enlisted a huge team of film students to help him with the project, which will include crazy laboratories, terrifying monsters and “mind-warping stop motion dream sequences.” If you’d like to help these young filmmakers, head over to Kickstarter to check out How To Make A Nightmare.
  • LIKE ME: Like Me is the story of the world’s most wanted online celebrity. It follows an attention starved blogger who tries to become famous by documenting a string of robberies through social media. But when her followers grow tired of her routine, they push her to pursue more extreme acts of mischief. Writer, director and cinematographer Robert Mockler made a concept trailer that looks absolutely amazing. Like Me hasn’t been made yet, but you can change that by going to Indiegogo and contributing to their tight budget.
  • SHENANIGANS: Shenanigans is a comedy about a suburban couple’s abrupt interaction to their 16-year-old son’s complicated sex life. The script for this movie was awarded the first place in the screenplay competition at the 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival. Writer Peter Kimball and producer Colin Foster shared the directing duties and they’ve finished shooting the film already. But there are a few things left to do in post-production. You can see a trailer for the film at Indiegogo. Check it out if you’d like to help out.

Pick of the Week:

  • A TEACHER’S REWARD: Set in 1975, A Teacher’s Reward focuses on an ex-convict who seeks revenge on his old schoolteacher. In grade school, Raybe Brown was an underprivileged orphan who got bullied by his peers and teacher Miss Stevens. 20 years later, Raybe gets out of prison determined to get his teacher back, but finds himself struggling to take revenge. A Teacher’s Reward is being produced independently by Laura Brown. If you would like to contribute head over to 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?