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.
- SOME VELVET MORNING: Written and directed by Neil LaBute, Some Velvet Morning stars Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve as man and mistress. The film centers on Fred (Tucci), who arrives at the doorstep of his mistress Velvet (Eve) after four years apart. He admits to have finally left his wife, but she rejects his attempts to rekindle their old romance and the tension builds. Critic Jordan Hoffman praised Some Velvet Morning and called it “a horror film with no blood, a rough ride that kicks you in the stomach.” It hits VOD on December 10 and limited theaters via Tribeca Film three days later. Check out the trailer:
- TAR: Tar is an adaptation of poet CK Williams‘ collection of the same name. The film is written and directed by twelve newcomers, all NYU film students, who together adapted twelve of the poems to create a road trip through CK William’s life. James Franco plays the titular character, while Mila Kunis portrays his wife Catherine. The film follows CK as he prepares for a reading of Tar in New York City, spending many nights struggling to write new poems, and being haunted with memories of the past. Tar also stars Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Henry Hopper. The film doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet. Here’s the trailer:
- THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL: The Truth About Emanuel, formerly titled Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, is a suspenseful and surreal film starring Jessical Biel and Kaya Scodelario. It tells the story of a troubled young woman (Scodelario) who becomes obsessed with her mysterious new neighbor (Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. As they begin to spend more time together, their bond becomes stronger. Mali Elfman reviewed the film back when it debuted at Sundance earlier this year. She thought the lead character was given too much dialogue, but still called the movie powerful and meaningful. She even went as far as to say that this is the kind of filmmaking that the world of cinema is missing. The Truth About Emmanuel will be out on iTunes and VOD on November 26, 2013 and in select theaters beginning January 10th, 2014.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- BARRY: Dillon Moore‘s Barry tells the story of a middle aged soap opera actor who struggles to maintain both his relevance and his sanity after discovering he is going to be killed off his show. This project is Moore’s thesis film, and to finish it, he needs help. He already has a crew, but needs money for things like film, locations, hiring professional actors, set building, etc. He posted a quirky video that explains his film and what he needs to finish it on Kickstarter. If you’re interested, 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?