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.

  • METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER: The newly reformed indie film marketing and distribution company known as Picturehouse (whose biggest release was Pan’s Labyrinth) is back in business. For their first release they’re giving us Metallica: Through The Never, which is a half concert, half feature film featuring one of the biggest heavy metal bands of all time and also Dane DeHaan, who is playing Harry Osborn in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Through The Never follows a young roadie (DeHaan) who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band plays a live set, but his simple job turns into a surreal adventure. The film will play in IMAX for one-week starting September 27, and later expand (in 2D) on October 4th.

  • THE DIRTIES: Kevin Smith‘s career as a movie director may be on the back-burner right now, but he’s still pretty active as filmmaker. Lately he’s been helping others realize their projects, like Matt Johnson whose film The Dirties won the Slamdance Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Film. Smith is helping Johnson release the film through his Kevin Smith Movie Club banner, with the aid of Phase 4 Films. The Dirties tells the story of two best friends who team up to film a comedy about getting revenge on bullies, but their plan takes a dark and twisted turn when one of the friends takes things way too seriously (via /Film). The film hits theaters and VOD on October 4, 2013.

  • OUR NIXON: Every few years, Richard Nixon gets a movie. His reputation as one of the worst U.S. presidents ever makes it easy for filmmakers to share their takes on his life. In the latest Nixon-centered film, titled Our Nixon, documentary filmmaker Penny Lane shares never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by the former president’s closest aids, including some of the convicted Watergate conspirators like H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwigh Chapin. According to TIME the film was once seized by the FBI, but has now resurfaced. Our Nixon will hit limited theaters on August 30th. 

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • FISH TALE: Lynn Pulsifer‘s A Fish Tale follows a lonely young woman who accepts a small fish in return for ice-cream from a little girl, but soon learns that got a lot more than she bargained for. Currently, the film is in pre-production, but in order to head into the next phase Pulsifer and her crew need to raise a certain amount of money that will help pay for location fees, lights, camera and other equipments as well as guarantee that her crew gets feed (remember, most of the crews don’t do it for the money, but the experience of making a film). Head over to Kickstarter to see Pulsifer’s impressive campaign video (she’ll make you crave a cup of tea).

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?