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.
- THE CONGRESS: Robin Wright loses her identity in Ari Folman‘s follow-up to 2008′s Waltz With Bashir. Adapted from Stanislaw Lem‘s dark sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress, The Congress tells the story of an actress named Robin Wright who agrees to be digitized for money, giving up the control of her own identity. Folman is tackling this mind-bender by combining live-action and animation, and to put it simply, it looks awesome. He gathered an impressive group of actors including Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Jon Hamm and Paul Giamatti. The film is set to open at Cannes on May 16th.
- FRUITVALE STATION: Fruitvale Station made quite an impression at Sundance; the film won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, not to mention it got picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company. The film is the debut of writer-director Ryan Coogler, and stars Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray. Based on a true story, Fruitvale (as it was previously titled), tells of a young man who was shot to death by a police officer at the Oakland, California Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. The event was captured on digital media, and produced many peaceful and violent protests. The film is making its International debut at Cannes, and will hit limited U.S. theaters on July 16th.
- BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO: As /Film notes Berberian Sound Studio feels and sounds like something made by Roman Polansky, or Brian De Palma‘s Blow-Out. Seriously, cool doesn’t begin to cover it. Toby Jones plays a sound engineer whose work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. The film was directed by English filmmaker Peter Strickland, who previously made the low-budget rural revenge drama Katalin Varga. Berberian Sound Studio is set to hit limited theaters on June 14. It will also hit VOD and iTunes that same day.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- SEA GYPSIES: Filmmaker Olivia Owens Wyatt is currently traveling and residing with one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, the Moken of Myanmar and Thailand, documenting their life and traditions. She plans to make a feature-length documentary that sheds lights on the Moken lifestyle, which deals a lot with the sea. The Moken people spend a large part of their year in “thatch-roofed wooden boats” because their entire belief system, education, and economic and physical development revolve around water. Wyatt first found out about the Moken after the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, and became fascinated by them. If you’d like to help out this project, or find out more about it, head to 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?