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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.

  • I USED TO BE DARKER: Directed by Matt Poterfield, I Used To Be Darker first premiered at this year’s Sundance Festival, and later went on to play at Berlin and the Atlanta Film Festival, where it won Best Narrative Feature. Set in Baltimore, the film follows a Northern Irish runaway named Taryn, played by Deragh Campbell, who finds herself in trouble and seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle, two musicians played by Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham. But the couple has struggles of their own; they are on the verge of ending their marriage but hope to do it gracefully for the sake of their college freshmen daughter Abby, played by Hannah Gross. The film opens in Baltimore September 27, and expands across the country on October 4th. Indiewire got the exclusive trailer, check it out:

  • ZERO CHARISMA: In Zero Charisma, nerds and hipsters clash. Sam Eidson plays Scott Weidemeyer, an intense, metal-loving, gamer geek who lives with his grandmother and works at a local donuts shop. He lives for Tuesday nights when he gets to be the Game Master, but things take a turn when Miles, a skinny hipster, joins the game. Miles is everything Scott isn’t – handsome, charming and secure. This new presence sends Scott into an identity crisis. We previously featured Zero Charisma as one of our Indie Fundraisers Picks. Back then, the filmmakers (Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews) were gathering up funds to finish up the movie. Since, the geek pic has gone on to play at SXSW, Comic-Con and Fantasia Fest, as well as garnering a lot of love from movie journalists and bloggers. (Slashfilm‘s Russ Fischer calls the movie “uncomfortably familiar, but [also] hilariously funny.) The film is getting released. It’ll be available digitally October 8, and in theaters October 11.

  • BIG SUR: Another Jack Kerouac adaptation is on its way to the big screen. His autobiographical work Big Sur, about his relationship to fame after publishing a successful novel, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year; the pic stars Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth and Henry Thomas. The film also deals with Kerouac’s mental exhaustion and alcohol abuse, and his time at Bixby Canyon in beautiful Big Sur, California. The film is hitting theaters on November 1st.

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • MANBABY: Manbaby may be one of this films that is so bad, it’s actually good (and we mean this in the best possible way). The film is a dark comedy about a man who pretends to be a baby, and then becomes one for real. Written, produced and directed by the comical Tim Lightell, Manbaby is the filmmaker’s third attempt at feature filmmaking. Now, normally, this is the type of story we would stay away from, but Lightell and his team do such a great job presenting the project that we had to give it a shout out. Check out their campaign video, as well as more information at 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?