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.
- A SINGLE SHOT: David M. Rosenthal‘s A Single Shot depicts a classic tale of the hunter becoming the hunted. Starring Sam Rockwell, the film follows hunter (literally) John Moon who accidentally kills a woman, mistaking her for a deer. Shortly after she dies, he discovers that she was carrying a suitcase full of money. Lucky break right? Wrong. The money belongs to hardened criminals who want it back. The script was written by Matthew Jones, from his own novel of the same name. William H. Macy, Kelly Reilly, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs also star. A Single Shot premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and also screened at Tribeca Film Fest (via THR). Tribeca Film and Well Go USA picked up the rights to the neo-noir thriller and will release it on VOD August 20. The film will also hit theaters a month later on September 20.
- CHEAP THRILLS: Cheap Thrills makes you consider, how far would you go to earn some money? The film, which premiered at South By Southwest earlier this year, tells of two guys who are in desperate need of money, and a rich couple who’s willing to unload their fat wallets if they do as they please. Ethan Embry and Pat Healy play the daredevils, and David Koechner and Sara Paxton are the loaded lovebirds. Cheap Thrills was picked up by Drafthouse Films. There’s no release date on it yet, but there will be a theatrical run and VOD release. The film was helmed by first time director E.L. Katz.
- AFTER TILLER: Sundance documentary After Tiller explores the lives of four doctors who perform late-term abortions in the U.S. This special practice is so controversial that even those who are pro-choice question it. In fact, this job is so dangerous that in 2009, Dr. George Tiller (who’s referenced in the title of the film), who performed abortions on pregnant women after they had hit the 20-week mark, was killed by an anti-abortion activist. Needless to say, these doctors are walking dangerous grounds because their lives are always in danger (which is kind of ironic if you think about it). The film will open in New York on September 20, and in Los Angeles October 4 (via Huffington Post).
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- BE NATURAL: Alice Guy-Blache. Know the name? If you don’t, do feel bad because many people don’t, though they should. The woman in question was the very first female filmmaker who became a powerful figure in film but then vanished from cinema history. She made her first moving picture at the young age of 23, probably before Georges Melies made his. Guy-Blache wrote, directed and produced more than 1,000 films over her 20-year-long career, but her name disappeared from film history, and her legacy went into the shadows… until now. Filmmakers Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs are trying to raise funds to complete their research (which is already very overwhelming), and also provide an outlet for the world to see Guy-Blache’s films, which are spread in archives all over the world. It seems like this is a woman worth knowing about, and it’s a shame that many people don’t (because this is a man’s world). If you’re interested in this project, head on 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?