Short Term 12

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.

  • SHORT TERM 12: Destin Daniel Cretton‘s Short Term 12 was the gem at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. (The drama won both the Grand Jury and Audience award.) Starring Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr., Short Term 12 follows a 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility as she faces difficulties with herself and in her romantic relationship. The trailer is heavily-loaded with emotional scenes with some light humor intertwined. Cinedigm picked up Short Term 12 shortly after it’s premiere in Austin, and is releasing it on August 23.

  • ELLIE LUMME: Ebert Presents At The Movies critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky released the first teaser for his debut film Ellie Lumme. According to Indiewire, the medium-length movie tells the tale of a “person who is disappointed with the way their life has turned out, and decides to take out their frustrations on a stranger.” The film combines supernatural elements with a ghost story. Vishnevetsky was able to make the film through crowdfunding – he raised four times more money than he asked for. He only has one more day of shooting to go, and after that it’s festivals, festivals, festivals. However he does plan to release the film himself, either through streaming or downloading. 

  • BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR: There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the French film Blue Is The Warmest Color. The Abdellatif Kechiche lesbian drama was a huge hit at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Palme d’Or award and much critical acclaim. Sundance Selects is releasing the film in the US later this year, and to give us a preview of what everyone is raving about, they released two clips. A trailer hasn’t been released yet, but the clips offer a great glimpse at what we can expect. The video seen below features a confrontation between two girls that quickly escalates to a physical fight. Check it out:

Watch the other clip on YouTube.

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • VERY SEMI-SERIOUS: Very Semi-Serious is a documentary dedicated to the humor, art and genius of the New Yorker cartoon. Filmmakers Leah Wolchok and Davina Pardo go behind the scenes of the infamous magazine to present us with information about past, present and future generations of cartoonists who have created iconic cartoons. The doc features appearances by David Borchardt, Joe Dator, Andy Friedman, Farley Katz and many more. Currently, the makers of this project need help finishing what they started. If you’d like to find out more about this project, or just lend a hand, head over 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?