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.
- A CASE OF YOU: Dating has changed so much in the last decade. With Google and Facebook, it’s easy to get to know someone before meeting them first. Justin Long explores that concept in A Case Of You. The quirky new romantic comedy follows a young writer who tries to impress a girl (played by Evan Rachel Wood) he meets online with an embellished profile, but he finds himself in a real mess when she falls for him and he has to keep up his act. We’ve seen men try to impress women (and vice versa) by being someone they’re not before, but there’s something fresh about this film that makes it look worthwhile. A Case of You is written by Long, his brother Christian Long and co-star Keir O’Donnell and was directed by Kat Coiro. The film premiered at Tribeca earlier this year, and will hit theaters Nov. 6.
- ENEMY: In Enemy, Jake Gyllenhaal becomes obsessed with himself, or rather his doppelganger. The actor teams up with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve for this adaptation of Jose Saramago‘s 2002 novel The Double, where a tired college professor finds another version of himself in a movie, and later the two become mutually obsessed with each other. Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, and Sarah Gadon also star. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, where many critics seemed to like the film. IndieWire called it “fascinating and spellbindingly disturbing.” The first teaser trailer doesn’t show us any of the plot; it’s just a series of clips showing Gyllenhaal and Laurent roaming around a dark apartment, with a serious voiceover poured on top. A24 picked up the film, but hasn’t put a release date on it yet.
- LITTLE FAVOUR: Benedict Cumberbatch gets beaten to bloody pulp in the first teaser trailer for the short film Little Favour, where he stars as an ex-soldier called Wallace, who is called in to do a favor for a comrade who once saved his life. The film was written by first-time filmmaker Patrick Victor Monroe, who also funded the project through Indiegogo. Cumberbatch is a very popular actor right now, and the fact that he starred in this short film for no fee at all says a lot about the movie itself. We might not get a chance to see the film since it is a short (and they’re not known for getting released), but perhaps this will land Monroe is first feature-directing gig.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- MAKER: Maker is an interested documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S. The feature-length film looks into the movement in America, which is a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together fueled by passion and power by the advent of new technologies. The Maker Movement is sometimes referred to as Third Industrial Revolution, which undermines traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding and digital fabrication. The film is directed by Mu-Ming Tsai, and features extensive interviews with key figures behind significant projects. If you’re interested in helping this documentary get released, head over to Kickstarter for more information.
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?