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.
- MOTHER OF GEORGE: Andrew Dosunmu‘s Mother Of George offers a stunning portrayal of a Nigerian couple living in modern-day Brooklyn whose marriage is tested by their struggle to have a baby. The film features performances by The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira and White Material‘s Isaach De Bankole. Debuting at Sundance earlier this year, Mother Of George won the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award, and also the approval of many critics, who praised it for its extraordinary visuals and powerful depiction of African culture. Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up the film at Sundance and will release September 13.
- CBGB: Alan Rickman leads an all-star cast in CBGB, based on the true story of the famous New York nightclub where bands like Talking Heads, the Dead Boys, the Ramones, Blondie, and the Police played before making it big. Rickman plays Hilly Krystal, who owned and ran the club from 1973 to 2006 (when it closed due to a rent dispute). However, the place still lives on, as seen in this film. The cast also features Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Ryan Hurst, Justin Bartha, Donal Logue and Bradley Whitford. CBGC will have a limited run (via XLrator Media) starting October 11.
- 99% – THE OCCUPY WALL STREET COLLABORATIVE FILM: The Occupy Wall Street movement will get its chance to shine on the big screen through Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell‘s 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film, which is set for release early next month. The documentary, which features several directors and 100 filmmakers, tries to recapture the feeling of the movement at its peak. The film includes personal stories from supporters, participants and critics, and also tries to give the movement some more meaning. 99% received mixed reviews when it debuted at Sundance earlier this year, but it still appears to be a worthwhile documentary about a memorable time in American history that actually wasn’t so long ago. The film hits theaters September 6th.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- PCH: When one thinks of the Pacific Coast Highway, one imagines a convertible, the beautiful California beaches and summer. But filmmaker Michael Shane (who has served as executive producer on films like Catch Me If You Can and I, Robot) has an entirely different association to the infamous highway: ‘Probably. Cause. Harm.’ In April of 2010, Shane’s daughter Emily Rose was brutally murdered on PCH in Malibu; a suicidal driver struck her as she approached a crosswalk, killing her instantly. With this documentary, Shane hopes to explore why so many people are killed in Malibu on PCH, and attempts to expose the road’s infrastructure and insufficient traffic regulation. Currently, Shane is asking for funding on Kickstarter. If this story compels you, please, check it out.
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?