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.
- POPULAIRE: The french film Populaire has the same quirky attitude as The Artist. It even features actress Berenice Bejo, though she’s not the star of the film this time. Based in the late 1950′s, this romantic comedy centers on 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle (Deborah Francois) who leaves her small town to become a secretary. Though she’s terrible at her job, her boss notices that she’s an outstanding and super speedy typist; and he resolves to turn her into the fastest girl in the world. The Weinstein Company is releasing Populaire on September 6, 2013.
- SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF’S: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s is a fashion documentary that tells the story of the legendary 112-year-old New York City-based luxury goods department store. Director Matthew Miele sits down with famous fashion designers like Giorgio Armani, Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfield, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and Jason Wu to get their answers on what it means to have their clothes at Bergdorf’s. There’s also interviews with longtime shoppers and employees. Overall, it seems like a fun film that offers a neat history lesson on a very old business building on 5th Avenue. What’s not to like?
- THE BUTLER: Lee Daniels‘ Paperboy followup is The Butler, which includes an enormous amount of Hollywood star power. The cast features such famous faces as Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Liam Neeson, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and many more. Written by Danny Strong (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mad Men), Butler tells the true story of Eugene Allen, who worked as the head butler in the White House for 34 years until his retirement in 1986. The Weinstein Company plans to release the film on October 18th… just in time for it to get noticed by that one Oscar guy.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- LILY & KAT: An unbreakable friendship is put to the test in Lily & Kat, a feature-length indie film starring Skins‘ Hannah Murray. The film focuses on the “hot mess quarter-life crisis” of two best friends living in New York City – when Lily finds out that her charismatic BFF is moving overseas, she finds her world turned upside down. Though the film has been shot, first time director Micael Preysler and his team need help with post-production costs like editing, color-correction, film festival fees, sound-mixing, etc. The Lily & Kat team is asking for support via a Kickstarter Campaign, where you’ll find more information about the project. See the trailer below:
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?