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.
- THE INVISIBLE WOMAN: Even in a time where the was no Perez Hilton or TMZ, people seemed to be obsessed with fame and the private lives of celebrities. In The Invisible Woman, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, we see that kind of behavior play out. While the film focuses on the life of Charles Dickens’ longtime mistress Nelly Ternan, played by Felicity Jones, with whom he had an affair with for 13-years right up until his death, the trailer gives us a sense of the pre-Internet celebrity life. In the trailer we see how fans surround him Dickens, played by Fiennes, and anxiously await to shake his hand. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding The Invisible Woman, and with its release date being December 25th, it’s very likely that it’ll get nominated for an Oscar.
- OUR DAY WILL COME: Our Day Will Come is the debut feature of music video director Romain Gavras, starring Vincent Cassel and Olivier Barthelemy. The film follows two outcast redheads (one is a bullied teen, the other is a psychologist) who go to Ireland where they believe the color of their hair will be embraced. Instead their quest for freedom and acceptance turns into a rampage of violence and destruction. Our Day Will Come first debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010, but is just know getting released, thanks to Oscilloscope Laboratories. It’ll hit digital platforms on October 22nd.
- BELLE: Directed by Amma Asante, Belle tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, who was raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife in a time when dark skin was looked down upon. The film has an outstanding cast, including Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Belle. This film might not look as strong and violent as 12 Years A Slavery, which somewhat deals with similar themes, but everything from the set design to the acting looks superb. Belle opens in theaters May 2, 2014.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- SILK: Director Rob Himebaugh is back at it with Silk, an audacious gender-bending horror film inspired by some true events. The film tells the story of Kelly, a CIA field agent in Afghanistan who becomes impregnated by a rare desert spider and later gives birth to a ton of hungry spiderlings that eat her alive from the inside out. Pretty creepy stuff huh? Himebaugh is currently asking for help to fun his latest project on Kickstarter, where he has some awesome footage of the film. With your help he hopes to secure more awesome locations and also make the film as tasteful as possible, complete with great sound and hopefully an awesome animated sequence by a talented artist. If you’re interested, head over to the site.
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?