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.

  • DEVIL’S KNOT: The case of the West Memphis Three is hitting the big screen again, this time in narrative form. Based on the 2002 bestselling book by investigative journalist Mara Leveritt, Devil’s Knot tells the story of the gruesome murders of three young children which sparked a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual. The trial made headlines again recently when the defendants were released in August of 2011, due to new evidence uncovered by the defense, after 18 years in prison. The biopic stars Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon., along with an impressive supporting cast that includes the likes of Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Amy Ryan, Kevin Durand, and Alessandro Nivola. Devil’s Knot premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, and the response was mixed. Here’s the trailer:

  • THE PAST: Directed by Asghar Farhadi, The Past follows Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), who returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie’s (Bérénice Bejo) request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. The Past will open in US theaters on December 20th. Here’s the trailer:

  • JAMESY BOY: Based on true events, Jamesy Boy is the story of teenager James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) who goes from the suburban street gangs to a maximum-security prison cell surrounded by hardened criminals. In prison, he forms a friendship with a convicted murderer (Ving Rhames) who becomes his mentor and helps him turn his life around. In this unlikely setting, James ultimately emerges with hope and a brighter future.The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker, James Woods, Taissa Farmiga, and rapper Taboo. The thriller hits theaters January 17 via Phase 4 Films.

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  • THERE WILL BE NO STAY: Patty Dillon‘s documentary There Will Be No Stay tackles a different side of the death penalty. Unlike other films about the subject, hers takes a look at the actual men who are tasked by society to carry out this evil deed. There Will Be No Stay is a first-hand look at the executioners, the pressures they’re put under, and the unbearable toll the act of taking another person’s life has on their own. This film has been Dillon’s passion project for years. She needs help with technical things like sound-mixing, color correction and scoring. Fortunately there’s a trailer available of the movie, so check it out, and afterward head over to Kickstarter to contribute to the project.

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?