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. Below you’ll find some of the best indie trailers of the week, plus unknown projects featured on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that need your help to get made. Check out this week’s picks below.
- UNDER THE SKIN: Scarlett Johansson plays a seductive alien in Jonathan Glazer‘s Under The Skin. The film follows her sexual ventures through Scotland. The dark and heavily stylized film tells a story of lust and loneliness, which some critics thought was genius when it first debuted at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year. Under The Skin, which is Glazer’s third movie in 13 years (following 2000′s Sexy Beast), will also play at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. The film also stars Paul Branningan and Krystof Hadek. Here’s the trailer:
- PALO ALTO: The written work of James Franco is adapted in Gia Coppola‘s (the grand-daughter of famed director Francis Ford Coppola) Palo Alto. Based on a book of short stories by do-it-all Franco, the movie follows a football coach, played by the man of the hour, who takes an interested in one of his teen students, played by Emma Roberts. Vulture released an exclusive trailer for the film, and it’s filled with teen debauchery, pranks and sexual tension. Palo Alto premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last week; THR mentioned that the film has “a very talented cast, impressive cinematography, a cool sound track, [and] very dark humor,” but that as an account of today’s youth, “it will leave you sad and fearful for the future.” Here’s the trailer:
- MR. NOBODY: The 2009 sci-fi drama Mr. Nobody, starring Jared Leto, is finally hitting theaters. Following a nonlinear narrative, the film follows a 118-year old man in the year 2092, who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. On his death bed, the man decides to look at three possible paths his life may have taken. Directed by Jaco Van Dormael, Mr. Nobody first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2009, but for whatever reason hasn’t been released in the U.S. However, Magnolia has taken a leap of faith and will distribute the movie via VOD and iTunes on September 26th, with a limited theater run beginning November 1st. The film looks like it has a great message, and the photography looks terrific. Here’s the trailer:
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- POST BREAK-UP: Jack Quaid is trying to make a film about a break-up. The indie film is a comedic short about the difficult process of getting over a relationship. Sure, you might say this has been done before, but what in Hollywood hasn’t really? Quaid seems to have a quirky and unique sense of humor, and he’s already got a whole team set up to help him realize the film, all he needs is some money. If you’re interested in helping him out, check it out a Indiegogo. Here’s the video campaign:
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?