Caroline and Jackie

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’ve been bringing you an Indie Fundraiser Roundup, which features projects seen on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Now we’re adding on to it by including some of the Best Indie Film Trailers Of The Week. Check out this week’s picks below.

  • CAROLINE AND JACKIE: Bitsie Tulloch and David Giuntoli are best known for their roles on NBC’s fantasy series Grimm, where they play complicated couple. In Adam Christian Clark’s indie drama Caroline and Jackie, the two also play boyfriend and girlfriend, but their relationship is hardly the focus of the film. Caroline and Jackie tells of the emotionally complex relationship between two sisters and their close group of friends. Marguerite Moreau also stars as Caroline, Jackie’s (Tulloch) older sister. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, and was recently picked up by Phase 4 Films. It’ll be available On-Demand and in select theaters starting May 3, 2013.

  • DEAD MAN’S BURDEN: The indie post-Civil War western Dead Man’s Burden was a hit at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year. The film stars Barlow Jacobs, who has delivered solid work in films like Great World of Sound, Alexander the Last and The Oregonian. In Dead Man’s Burden, he plays a former soldier-turned-deserter who returns to his sister under mysterious circumstances; according to IndieWire, he gives a commanding performance. The film is being released by Cinedigm Entertainment. It’ll first hit New York on May 3rd, followed by a national release.

  • PIETA: Pieta is a film by the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk.  The film stars Lee Jing-jin as a relentless loan shark whose life is changed when a woman shows up claiming to be his long-lost mother, played by Cho Min-soo. First Showing reports that the film won the Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival in 2012, and was picked up by Drafthouse Films shortly thereafter. Pieta will hit limited theaters on May 17th, but will be available sooner on April 12th through iTunes. 

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • LAKE CITY: Aaron Fisher-Cohen and Max Fisher-Cohen are brothers and filmmakers working together on the project, Lake City. The film is a dark comedy-drama that follows a pair of recent graduates named Malcolm and Lily who don’t know what to do with their lives. Unable to live in New York City, they move in with Malcolm’s grandparents in New Jersey. As the young couple watches the elderly couple fall apart, they’re forced to confront questions about their own future. With that said, the filmmakers are currently in need of some help. They’ve fulfilled some of the film’s budget, but as you know, these things can get very expensive. If you’d like know more about Lake City, check out their Kickstarter campaign.

Those are the projects we have for you this week. Be sure to check back every week for our Best Indie Film Trailers of the Week–helping you stay informed about indie cinema.

Which of these projects interests you? Which are you looking forward to? Got one we missed?