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.

  • AT MIDDLETON: Vera Farmiga is a lovely and charming actress, and her new romcom At Middleton is also exactly that. Directed by Adam Rodgers, the film follows a man, played by a dapper-looking Andy Garcia, and a woman, played by Farmiga, who fall in love while taking their kids on a college admissions tour. Now before you roll your eyes and say, “Next,” just give this one a chance. Garcia and Farmiga are both good actors and they have great chemistry here. At Middleton hits theaters and will also be available on VOD on January 31st.

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  • LOVE, MARILYN: Directed by Liz Garbus, Love, Marilyn is a documentary where modern day celebrities like Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody and Glenn Close interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters. There doesn’t seem to be anything new in this biography. As we’ve heard many times before, Marilyn felt alone even when she was surrounded by people, and one of her main goals in life was to be happy, yet she never actually achieved that. But the film does offers a sympathetic view at the actress, and the inclusion of contemporary actors is also a neat twist. Here’s the trailer:

  • HELL NO: THE SENSIBLE HORROR FILM: One of the most annoying things in the horror films is that its characters are usually the biggest idiots ever. Even when it’s crystal clear that one shouldn’t go into a dark basement alone, there goes a skimpy looking girl. And isn’t it just infuriating? Well Austin-based filmmaker Joel Nicolosi decided to make a horror movie trailer where all of the characters make smart decisions. This isn’t technically a movie but we decided to throw in here anyway. Check out Hell No: The Sensible Horror Film:

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  • THE RUNNER: The Runner is an absurdist short film about life, starring Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme. The film follows a man who discovers his environment and slowly begins to piece together details of his basic existence. Suddenly he finds himself going through motions that ultimately propel him towards an odd encounter with an unknown man. Director Rod Blackhurst, who has made some cool Funny Or Die videos, is hoping to raise funds on Kickstarter for things like sound design, sound mix, color correction and an original score. Go check it out.

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?