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.
- IN A WORLD…: Lake Bell tries to break barriers in her upcoming comedy In A World, which follows the daughter of the king of movie-trailer voice-overs as she tries to fulfill her own dream of becoming a voice-over star in this male-dominated field. The indie film, which was also written and directed by Bell, premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and won the Waldo Salt Screening Award. Bell’s co-stars include Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino and Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman and Geena Davis. In A World will officially open in theaters on August 9. through Roadside Attractions.
- TOUCHY FEELY: Another film that debuted at Sundance earlier this year is Lynn Shelton‘s (Your Sister’s Sister) Touchy Feely, which stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy and Josh Pais. The film tells the story of a message therapist who suddenly develops an aversion to human touch, and a dentist whose struggling practice takes a sudden turn when he develops healing powers. During its Sundance run, our own Christie Ko reviewed the film and though she had some issues with the film overall, she praised the performances of the actors. Magnolia will distribute Touchy Feely on September 6.
- SALINGER: Like many of us, filmmaker Shane Salerno (scribe of Savages) is fascinated by J.D. Salinger. The man who wrote The Catcher In The Rye has always been a great mystery, especially since he hated being in the public eye and tried to avoid it as much as he could. Salerno’s documentary, conveniently titled Salinger, takes a look inside the private world of the esteemed author. The film also features interviews with famous actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Cusack, who basically just share their own memories of reading Catcher In The Rye. Salinger open September 6 via the Weinstein Company.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- RAISING MS. PRESIDENT: While the number of women involved in politics is growing, the field is still heavily dominated by old white men who basically die in office. Kiley Lane Parker‘s Raising Ms. President hopes to raise awareness on how we can prepare the next generation of female political leaders. The film also tackles some other questions, including why women still don’t feel at home in politics, and what’s being done to encourage young women to give politics a chance. Raising is in the final stages (there’s even a trailer which you can see below), but the filmmakers need your help. If you would like to contribute to this film, head over to Kickstarer.
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?