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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.

  • WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD: Shailene Woodley is returning to Sundance with White Bird in a Blizzard, a film about a teen girl’s life after the disappearance of her mother. Directed by Gregg Araki, White Bird is based on a novel by Laura Kasischke. Eva Green plays the absent mother. The rest of the cast includes Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe and Thomas Jane. The film will have its debut at Sundance on January 20th. Here’s the trailer:

  • THE DOUBLE: In Richard Ayoade‘s The Double, Jesse Eisenberg plays a man who is driven to insanity when he encounters his doppelganger. This might sound dark and eerie, but the film is actually a comedy. Ayoade, who is best known for his role as Maurice Moss on The IT Crowd and also for his charming debut film Submarine, seems to be making quite a name for himself as a filmmaker. /Film writes that The Double has received decent reviews, with The Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth saying that Ayoade is “one of the brightest rising talents ehind the camera.” The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor and Yasmin Paige. The Double had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year. Magnolia picked up the film for U.S. distribution, but there’s no word on a date yet. Here’s the latest trailer:

  • CHEAP THRILLS: Cheap Thrills, directed by E.L. Katz, first premiered at South By Southwest earlier this year. The film tells of two guys who are in desperate need of money, and a rich couple who’s willing to unload their fat wallets if they do as they please. Ethan Embry and Pat Healy play the couple of guys, while David Koechner and Sara Paxton are the ones giving them the cash. Cheap Thrills was picked up by Drafthouse Films, and is set to hit theaters on March 21, 2014. Here’s the violent red-bad trailer:

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  • DEEP WEB: For his next documentary, Alex Winter will tell the untold story of Bitcoin and The Silk Road. His film Deep Web is a definitive, behind-the-scenes account of the rise of the Deep Web, which, as TIME magazine said, is a place “where drugs, porn and murder hide online.” This is interesting and important stuff, especially since the Deep Web accounts for at least 96% of the World Wide Web. Head over to Kickstarter to watch Winter’s video on the film, as well as to find out how you can help contribute to this 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?