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.
- ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE: Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampires who’ve been in love for centuries. Also, don’t confuse this for a Twilight-type romance. Here, Hiddleston plays a depressive rock star who lives in a Detroit mansion, while Swinton’s Eve spends her days laying around Tangiers. The two later come together, but their happiness is interrupted when Eve’s little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska), a trouble-making vampire, shows up and starts causing all kinds of mayhem. Only Lovers Left Alive premiered at Cannes and several other film festivals last year. Sony Pictures Classics is set to distribute the film on April 11th, but the pic is currently screening at Sundance. Here’s the latest trailer:
- THE BABADOOK: Back when this column was called Indie Fundraiser Roundup, we featured a little Australian film called The Babadook, directed by Jennifer Kent, about a children’s book monster that plagues a mother and her son. The film was able to get funding (via Kickstarter) and is now playing at the Sundance Film Festival. The horror pic is being called a “must-see” by bloggers and critics, and well, we’re all for supporting indie films like this one so here’s the new trailer. (The Babadook hasn’t been picked by any distributing company yet, but based on the buzz, it’s only a matter of time.)
- LISTEN UP, PHILIP: Jason Schwartzman‘s latest film premiered at Sundance earlier this week. Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry, Listen Up, Philip tells the story of a successful writer who gets tired of busy city life and decides to get away. The film also stars Elizabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter and Jonathan Pryce. The teaser trailer is rather interesting, featuring bits from different people in Philip’s life. Check it out:
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- THE PRESENT: Directed by Hank Devos, The Present is a sci-fi love story about two people’s relationship and the tragic circumstances around its dissolution. Devos is a filmmaker currently based in Toronto, Canada. He has written and directed many short films and is hard at work on this new short, however, he still needs your help. Devos is raising funds on Kickstarter to be able to cover some extra costs like production design and film festival entry costs. Head over to Kickstarter to find out more about The Present.
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?