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.

  • OPEN GRAVE: Directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, Open Grave focuses on a man, played by Sharlto Copley, who wakes up in a mass grave, and must piece together what happened with a group of strangers who have all lost their memories. The first trailer for the thriller has arrived and the situation looks pretty intense. There’s a lot of confrontation, some creepy laughs and a few zombie-looking people. Tribeca Film picked up the U.S. rights to the movie and will release it on VOD and other digital platforms in December, followed by a theatrical release. Check out the trailer:

  • MAIDENTRIP: Jillian Schlesinger‘s documentary Maidentrip tells the tale of a teen girl’s sail trip around the world. At only 16-years-old, Laura Dekker set out to take the adventurous trip via boat. She first garnered attention at the age of 13, when planning the trip. Dutch authorities tried to gain custody of her during a lengthy ten-month legal battle, but eventually she was able to set out solo. The film is a first-person account of her trip; Dekker used a Sony Handicam to chronicle her voyage so this is strictly her point of view. This is more than a film about adventure though. It’s a coming-of-age story that encapsulates the spirit of rebellion that lives inside a teenage girl. It’s pretty great. Check it out:

  • IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY?: The focus of Michel Gondry‘s animated documentary Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? is none other than Noam Chomsky, who’s a notable American philosopher, political activist and often described as the “father of modern linguistics.” The film is a series of recorded conversations in which Noam Chomsky fleshes out his theory of the emergence of language. The film is not for everyone (it might be a little too sophisticated for regular audiences) but Gondry’s hand-drawn animations seem to make the conversations more understandable, if not relatable. Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? will premiere at the DOC NYC Festival next month. Here’s the trailer:

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS: Written and co-directed by Russell Friedenberg, An Unkindness Of Ravens follows one unique child’s reflection on her family’s holiday weekend and her magical friendship with an unexpected guest. This film is very much a family affair. Heather Rae, who is the wife of Friedenberg, is producing the indie movie, and their daughter Johnny Sequoyah (star of J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming series Believe) is the star of the film. Together, they are asking for help via Kickstarter. If you’re interested in this film, would like to find out more, or just see some footage of the film, head to their campaign 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?