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.
- ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE: Jonathan Levine‘s (50/50, Warm Bodies) first feature film, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, is finally hitting theaters after being shelved for nearly seven years. The indie horror first played at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006, where Harvey Weinstein bought the film as a gift for his brother, Bob, who in turn didn’t really like it. However, just because he didn’t like it, doesn’t mean the film isn’t good. According to many who saw it back in the day, it’s actually quite good. The story centers on Mandy Lane, played by Amber Heard, a good girl who every boy wants to date. One day she’s invited by her fellow high school peers to a weekend party on a secluded ranch, where the boys plan to have their way with her, but things get out of hand and chaos erupts. Mandy Lane has been through a lot; in six or so years, it was sold from one distributor to another to another. It finally landed back with TWC, and now they’re releasing it on October 11, with a VOD release on September 6th.
- INFORMANT: Informant tells the story of Brandon Darby, a radical activist-turned FBI informant. In 2005, Darby became an overnight hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans to rescue a friend stranded in the Ninth Ward. Soon after, he co-founded Common Ground, a grassroots relief organization. Years later, he fell from grace when it was revealed that he was an FBI informant who helped indict two young protestors at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The doc won the top prize at the DOC NYC Festival, and also played at the San Francisco and Austin Film Festival. Quite frankly, this film looks absorbing and fascinating as it promises to tell the true story about the man. Music Box will release Informant in theaters and VOD on September 13th.
- WE ARE WHAT WE ARE: Jim Mickle‘s We Are What We Are tells the story of the seemingly wholesome Parker family who have always kept to themselves. Frank, the father, sticks to a strict and rigorous way of life, and is determined to keep his ancestral customs at any cost. But soon, the local police begin to uncover clues that may disrupt the Parker’s way of doing things and their hidden secrets. We Are What We Are is a remake of Jorge Michel Grau‘s 2010 Mexican Horror Film Somos Lo Que Hay. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and also played at Cannes Director’s Fortnight. The film opens in theaters September 27.
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- THE JANE HOTEL: Quirky filmmaker Trevor Williams wants to make a movie about love, lust and monogamy. His film, The Jane Hotel, follows a man who is struggling with monogamy and finds himself in a compromising situation. He has four ways to deal with said situation; the short film will explore all the possibilities. The film is something between Sliding Doors and Last Tango In Paris. Currently, Williams is raising funds, via Kickstarter, to make the short. If interested, head over to the site where you can see a video that offers more details about The Jane Hotel.
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?