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.
- ADORE: Adore, formerly titled Two Mothers, is a scandalous film, directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), about two lifelong friends who each gave birth to a son around the same time. Now the women are both middle age, and live with their sons in an Australian beach town. Somehow, each woman develops feelings for the other’s son, and affairs ensue. It’s sort of gross, yes, but when you’ve got mothers like Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, well, the gross part doesn’t seem so gross anymore, does it? Adore first premiered at Sundance in January, and people were obviously scandalized. Exclusive Releasing bought the film and is releasing it September 6.
- PRINCE AVALANCHE: Emile Hirsch returns to the wild in Prince Avalanche, a low-budget film by David Gordon Green. Also starring Paul Rudd, the film follows two highway workers who spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives; the isolated landscape soon starts to take a toll on them, and the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. Word is that Green made the movie in secret because he wanted to return to his indie roots. The film has gone on to play at several festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Sundance, and SXSW. Magnolia bought the film during its premiere at Sundance and will release it on August 9.
- THE TURNING: The Turning is comprised of several short films each directed by a different filmmaker. Based on a short story collection by Aussie author Tim Winton, the film features seventeen interconnected shorts directed by people like Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Ian Medows; the film includes actors like Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh. According to /Film, Winton’s tales “unfold over a generation in the same small Western Australian town, with certain characters cropping up in more than one story.” The trailer shows us random images that don’t tie together quite right, but perhaps they make more sense when the film is viewed as a whole. Turning premieres at the Melbourne International Film Festival next month.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- LA CARNADA: Filmmaker Josh Soskin is trying to make the feature-length film Smuggler, but in order to get that funded, he needs to prove to the money guys that he has what it takes. That’s what La Carnada is for. Right now, Soskin is trying to raise funds for Carnada, a short film which he calls a prequel to Smuggler. The film follows a 13-year-old boy from Tijuana as he embarks on his first drug smuggle across the Devil’s Highway, a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the Arizona/Mexico border. Unlike most Kickstarter campaigns, Soskin doesn’t plan to reward your contributions with set visits and whatnot. He will offer art for art. You give him money to finish his art, and he’ll give you his art: his photography. Check out the photos, and the project at 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?