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.
- SWEET VENGEANCE: January Jones portrays a badass widow in Logan Miller‘s Sweetwater (also being called Sweet Vengeance). The film is set in the late 1800s, and follows a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff and a former prostitute as they collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico territory. Jones is joined by Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs. This seems to be an old-fashioned western with a twist; in the trailer Jones is seen wiping out her guns, shooting a bunch of folks with no mercy. Sweetwater played at the Dallas International Film Festival in April, and is scheduled to play at Fantasia on July 22. There’s no U.S. release date yet.
- AUSTENLAND: The works of Jane Austen have been adapted to the screen many times, and most revolve around falling in love. Austenland isn’t directly based on a novel by the famed author, but the themes are about the same. In the film, Keri Russell plays Jane Hayes, a Jane Austen-obsessed woman who even owns a cardboard cutout of Mr. Darcy. Hayes decides to immerse herself in the Austen world (called Austenland), which is a place where people dress in traditional costumes, sleep in chambers and carry out traditional activities. The comedy was directed by Napoleon Dynamite co-writer Jerusha Hess. The film went to Sundance earlier this year and got snagged by Sony Picture Classics. They plan to release it August 16.
- THE LIFEGUARD: Kristen Bell has Lena Dunham syndrome in The Lifeguard. She plays Leigh London, a 20-something girl going through a “mid-life crisis” who says things like “I’m allowed to be confused once in a while,” and makes out with teenage boys. The film focuses on London’s rocky move back home where she takes a job as a lifeguard and hangs with pot-smoking teens. Though we’ve seen films like these before, the trailer does a good job setting up the emotion and frustration of feeling like a failure at a young age. The film is scheduled to hit iTunes on July 30th, followed by a theater release on August 30th.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- CITIZEN KOCH: Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal have learned the hard way that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Their film, Citizen Koch, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, explores corporate influence in American politics by using the 2010 Wisconsin elections, where billionaire industrialists and conservative activists David and Charles Koch used their power (and money) to buy Republican Scott Walker his position as governor. PBS was suppose to air the documentary, but unfortunately (and ironically) the Koch brothers used their influence in Public Television and the film was pulled from the roster. Now, Lessin and Deal are trying to distribute the film by themselves using Kickstarter. If you would like Citizen Koch to be watched by the people, then check out the project. (Public Television should belong to the people, not the fat cats in New York.)
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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?