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.
- BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR: The big winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival was Abdellatig Kechiche‘s lesbian drama Blue Is The Warmest Color. The Palme d’Or winner has received much critical acclaim, especially for its female performances by actresses Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. However, the film’s steamy subject (about two young girls who fall in love) has earned the film an NC-17 rating. Still, Sundance Selects will release the foreign movie in the US on October 25. A French trailer has hit the web, featuring Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers.” Check it out:
- C.O.G.: David Sedaris‘ life story is coming to the big screen in C.O.G. The film, which stars Jonathan Groff, is an adaptation of an essay in Sedaris’ 1997 collection titled Naked, which follows a cocky young man as he travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Along the way, he meets people who often criticize his lifestyle and beliefs. House Of Cards‘ Corey Stoll also stars as a forklift driver at the apple farm; there’s also Troian Bellisario (who looks like she could be Rooney Mara‘s twin sister) from Pretty Little Liars. Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, C.O.G. hits VOD and theaters (via Screen Media Films and Focus World Division) on September 20.
- MCCANICK: In McCanick, former Glee star Cory Monteith (who recently passed away due to a combination of heroin and alcohol) plays a reformed drug addict and murderer released from prison. David Morse plays Eugene McCanick, a narcotics detective who hunts down the young killer to keep him from telling his dark past. This film shows off a totally different Monteith, as we’re used to seeing him as the goofy, kindhearted choir singer in Fox’s hit show. The trailer doesn’t show us a lot of the deceased actor’s performance, but there’s enough in there to let us know that he was venturing unto new territory. The film also stars Ciaran Hinds and Mike Vogel, and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this September.
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- REALITY CHECK: Chris Buchal‘s Reality Check looks like the coolest thing ever. The sci-fi short tells the story of an insurance agent, known as The Watcher, who time-travels to check the validity of insurance claims. There’s more to the story, but you should definitely check it out for yourself. The short is inspired by notable films like Memento, Minority Report, Primer and Twelve Monkeys. And it’s all told within 15 minutes. Yes, there are a lot of special effects going on in this film, but Buchal seems to know what he’s talking about and isn’t asking for a whole lot of help. If this project interests you, head 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?