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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.

  • ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE: Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampires who’ve been in love for centuries. Though this film is an unconventional love story between two bloodsuckers, it looks nothing like Twilight. Here, Hiddleston plays a depressive rock star who lives in a Detroit mansion, while Swinton’s Eve spends her days laying around Tangiers. The two later come together, but their happiness is interrupted when Eve’s little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska), a trouble-making vampire, shows up and starts causing all kinds of mayhem. Only Lovers Left Alive premiered at Cannes and several other film festivals earlier this year. Unfortunately there’s no U.S. release date yet. Here’s the trailer:

  • CESAR CHAVEZ: AN AMERICAN HERO: For his next directorial effort, Mexican actor Diego Luna decided to tell the story of a true American hero, Cesar Chavez. The film, conveniently titled Cesar Chavez: An American Hero, chronicles the true story of the legendary civil rights activist who set out to organize the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history. Chavez’s main goal was to obtain basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California. Michael Pena stars in the title role, and he’s joined by America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Jacob Vargas, Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley and John Ortiz. The film arrives in theaters April 4, 2014. Check out the first trailer below:

  • THE MOTEL LIFE: Alan and Gabe Polsky‘s The Motel Life has a terrific cast that includes the likes of Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson. The film explores the intense bond between two brothers living on the fringes of Reno, Nevada. They grew up dependent on each other and their big imaginations to escape the challenges of their transient life. When the brothers are involved in a fatal accident, it forces them to choose between running or facing reality. It’s a story of brotherhood, shared dreams and the redemptive power of hope. Check it out November 8th in both theaters and iTunes. Here’s the trailer: 

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  • 10 DAYS OF DARKNESS: 10 Days Of Darkness focuses on the small Norwegian village Rjukan, where the sun doesn’t shine. Well, that’s a bit of an overstatement. The truth is that for six months out of the year, this little small, industrial town exists in complete shadow because it is surrounded by mountains that block out the sun. However, recently engineers installed three mirrors in the mountains that are designed to direct light into the village square. Filmmaker Sam Taffel calls his documentary “an existential journey” of a “town where day is night and the sky is split into two halves.” Right now, Taffel is asking for financial help to raise funds for a number of things through his Kickstarter campaign. If you want this documentary to get made, head over to the site now.

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?