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.
- CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN: Here’s an interesting piece of information: During the filming of Charlie Countryman, formerly titled The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Shia LaBeouf dropped acid to get more into character. In the film he plays a young man who heads to Romania after the death of his mother, played by Melissa Leo. En route to Romania, a man dies on his shoulder in the airplane, and that’s how he meets, and falls in love with, a dangerous young woman, played by Evan Rachel Wood. The film also stars Rupert Grint, Til Schweiger and Mads Mikkelsen, who really is a mad man here. Directed by Fredrik Bond, Charlie Countryman first premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Millennium Entertainment picked up the film, and will release it unto theaters November 15.
- THESE BIRDS WALK: Filmmakers Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq shot the documentary These Birds Walk over the course of three years, focusing their story on Omar, a young runaway boy living in Karachi, Pakistan. Along the way, Omar meets a few people, including a hardened young man named Asad, who use to be a street kid but now drives an ambulance for the humanitarian Edhi Foundation which helps children find their way back home. Abdul Sattar Edhi also appears in the doc, and the filmmakers tell a bit of his story and the humanitarian work he’s doing in Karachi. IndieWire premiered the first official trailer for These Birds Walk, and it’s heart-wrenching, chilling and simply beautiful. The film hit a few festivals earlier this year, including SXSW. It will open in New York on November 1st.
- FOR THOSE IN PERIL: For Those In Peril is the debut feature of Scottish filmmaker Paul Wright. The film stars George MacKay as Aaron, the long survivor of a fishing accident in Scotland which leaves five men dead, including his brother. His unlikely escape sees him increasingly alienated from the other villagers, some of who blame him for the accident. Shunned and alone, Aaron sets out on a journey to find the five men. The film has received great reviews, and currently holds 93% of freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praise Wright’s powerful storytelling and his bold portrayal of mental illness. For Those In Peril opened in limited theaters last Friday, October 4th.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- WORTHY: Amberlee Colson wants to turn her one-woman show Big Hair in to a feature film titled Worthy. In it, she’ll tell the story a young actress, named Jules Jenson, who abandons her principles in pursuit of fame, only to realize that her biggest fan is still back home. Colson hopes to tell a heartwarming, funny and important story about staying true to yourself, especially in a town like Hollywood. She’s currently asking for help on Kickstarter – she needs to be able to hire professionals who will bring her ideas to life. If you’re interested in helping her out, head over to her Kickstarter page.
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?