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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.

  • IN SECRET: Based on Emile Zola‘s novel Therese Raquin, In Secret (formerly titled Therese) stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage. The erotic thriller tells her story as she falls in love and begins a passionate affair with her husband’s alluring friend. The film also stars Tom Felton, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Lange, and was directed by Charlie Stratton. Roadside Attractions is giving In Secret a limited release starting February 21, 2014. Here’s the trailer:

  • TRACKS: Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977, as a young woman, walked across nearly 2,000 miles of the Western Australian desert with only her dog and four camels by her side. Directed by John Curran, Tracks is adapted by Marion Nelson from Davidson’s memoir. Adam Driver also co-stars as the National Geographic photographer who documented Davison’s adventure. The film opens in Australia on March 6, 2014. There’s no US release date yet. Check out the trailer below.

  • IF YOU BUILD IT: Directed by Patrick Creadon (I.O.U.S.A.), If You Build It tells a captivating story about education. The documentary follows designers Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. The film eventually shows how ten teenagers use the power of design-thinking to re-invent their town and dream of new possibilities. The doc hits theaters January 10, 2014. Here’s the trailer:

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • THE LION’S DEN: Directed by Ben Hozie, The Lion’s Den is a romantic thriller about a group of altruistic radicals that hold a banker hostage for one million dollars. The film is partly-inspired by a bible story, and will be a blend of several genres. Alfred Hitchcock‘s mix of thriller and screwball romantic comedy is Hozie’s main inspiration for this highly-stylized feature film. Right now, Hozie is trying to raise funds to be able to get this project made. If you’re interested in The Lion’s Den, head over to Kickstarter.

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?