Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

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.

  • EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES: Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes left a lasting impression on our very own Mali Elfman. She reviewed the film during its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, and called it “powerful,” “meaningful,” and added that this is the kind of filmmaking that the “world of cinema is missing.” This suspenseful and surreal indie stars Jessical Biel and Kaya Scodelario; it tells the story of a troubled young woman who becomes obsessed with her mysterious new neighbor who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. As they begin to spend more time together, their bond becomes stronger. There’s no release date set for the film yet.

  • DIRTY WARS: Dirty Wars is another Sundance darling though its material is hardly sweet. This Richard Rowley documentary won the Cinematography award at this year’s Sundance. The film follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill (author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Mercenary Army) as he chases down the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert wars. BWW calls the doc a “chilling ride,” and tons of other trades have also praised it for the information it reports. Dirty Wars hits theaters on June 7th and VOD on June 14th.

  • JOHN DOE: Judging by its trailer, John Doe is inspired by works like Dexter and V For Vendetta. The film follows a serial killer, played by Battlestar Galactica‘s Jamie Bamber, who brings vigilante justice to criminals who haven’t paid their debts to society. The film comes from Gates of Hell director Kelly Dolen. There’s no word on when the film will be released, but some suggest it’ll be sometime this year.

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • DRECK: The filmmakers of Dreck were able to gather an impressive cast for their low-budget futuristic movie. They got actors like Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey) and Harry LLoyd (Game Of Thrones). The film is set in 2022, a time when all classes of drugs have been legalized. Frank Grieves, played by Elliot Cowan, is a new breed of police office who is mysteriously taken off a case involving an unidentified corpse. He later finds out that the legalization has come at a price. The film wrapped in March and is now heading into another phase. The filmmakers need help preparing Dreck for distribution, so if you’re into indie sci-fi features, check out Dreck at Kickstarter.

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?