The Source Family

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 SOURCE FAMILY: Communes were very popular in the ’60s and ’70s, especially ones with creepy, crazy leaders like Charles Manson and Jim Jones. Back in the day, the Hollywood Hills was home to James E. Baker‘s own little commune called The Source Family. Baker was once a WWII soldier who restyled himself as a spiritual guru named Father Yod and gathered a large number of followers who lived with him in The Father House, a mansion in the hills that was sustained by money he amassed by starting a series of organic restaurants in Southern California. According to the L.A. Times, the movie grew out of the 2007 book titled The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 and the Source Family, by Isis Aquarian with Electricity Aquarian. The Source Family is told through intimate interviews with insiders of the group, and archival photos, home movies and audio recordings. The film was made available on iTunes yesterday.

  • AS COOL AS I AM: Claire Danes and James Marsden play a pair of very sucky parents to Sarah Bolger in As Cool As I Am, an upcoming drama from IFC Films. The film is based on a novel by Pete Fromm that focuses on a smart young woman who must grow up herself while dealing with her immature parents, who had her when they were teenagers. The film hits theaters June 21st.

  • HEY BARTENDER: The art of bartending is depicted in Douglas Tirola‘s Hey Bartender, a documentary that had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film  looks at the lives of two men, a former Marine and a disillusioned white collar worker, who hope to reinvent themselves by tending bar. The doc also includes commentary from some of New York City’s best cocktail hosts including Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer, Frank Pellegrino and Amy Sacco. 4th Row Films is distributing the film on June 7th.

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  • YOUNG AMERICANS: A few years ago I went to a play at UCLA to see one of my best friends perform, and had the pleasure of “discovering” Jill Renner, a lovely, talented young actress. While making the rounds on Indiegogo, looking for a project to give a shout out to for this very article, I came across Young Americans, a totally independent project starring Renner herself. The film comes from Alexandra Cuerdo and Chelsea Mayer, a female writer-director team from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Labeled as an erotic thriller, Young Americans is about a girl who washes ashore on a mysterious island, inhabited by four strangers who share a terrible secret. The filmmakers are trying to raise funds for this project on Indiegogo, where they’ve also posted an interesting teaser. This film seems to be loaded with talent, and the story’s intriguing as well. If you’d like to support them, head over to their campaign page.

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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?