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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.

  • BIG BAD WOLVES: Quentin Tarantino has named Big Bad Wolves his favorite film of 2013. The movie is directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, and tells the story of a series of brutal murders which puts the lives of three men on a collision course. Besides having the Tarantino stamp of approval, this Israeli revenge thriller has also gotten great reviews from the critics. (THR called it a “mesmerizing revenge thriller [filled] with surprising plot twists and generous doses of mordant humor.”) The film hits some theaters and VOD on January 17, 2014. Here’s the US trailer:

  • THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS: Brune Forzani and Helene Cattet‘s film The Strange Color Of Your Body’s Tears tells the story of a husband who plunges into a world of nightmare and violence while searching for his missing wife. The latest trailer is filled with buckets of blood and raw violence. This Italian slasher looks like it was inspired by the works of great filmmakers like David Lynch, Brian De Palma and Dario Argento. The film has played a few festivals including Locarno, London and Toronto, but there’s no word on when it’ll hit theaters or VOD. Here’s the new trailer:

  • REASONABLE DOUBT: Reasonable Doubt looks like an entertaining thriller. For starters it stars Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of a lawyer (Cooper) who is involved in a hit-and-run accident but never reports his involvement to the police. When he finds himself representing a man (Jackson) charged with the murder of the man he hit, he finds himself torn between confessing and protecting himself. There is a plot twist (obviously), and unfortunately, the trailer reveals that twist. So if you’re one of those who likes to be surprised, we suggest you stay away from the trailer, or maybe just watch half of it (1:13 is your cue to get out). Reasonable Doubt hits limited theaters and VOD on January 17, 2014. 

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • THREE’S A CROWD: Trevor Hardy has been making stop-motion movies and TV shows for a while now. He loves making these stop kind of projects, except that he’s almost always working on his own, due to budget issues. With Three’s A Crowd, Hardy hopes to hire a few more people to make a stop-motion movie that looks like the real thing. The short tells the story of a lonely man named Ray who lives next door to a single mom, Paula, and her young daughter, Sophie. One day, Ray must decide if he should involve himself in Paula’s affairs, when he sees that a potentially dangerous ex-boyfriend has come back into Paula’s life. If you’re interested in this story, head over to Kickstarter to find out how you can help get this movie made.

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?