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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.

    • THE ROVER: Written and directed by David Michod, The Rover stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as two guys on the road. Set 10 years following the collapse of society, Pattinson plays a gang member who gets left behind after a robbery, and Pearce is the victim he’s forced to help recover the one thing that still matters to him. It’s nice to see Pattinson is something other than red eyes and glistening skin. He doesn’t get to say anything in this first teaser trailer, but overall the material looks pretty great. A24 will release The Rover sometime this year. Check out it out:

  • JOE: Filmmaker David Gordon Green has taken a step back from mainstream comedies and gone back to independent gritty dramas like Joe, which stars Nicholas Cage. The film tells the story of an ex-con who develops an unlikely bond with a teenage boy (Tye Sheridan) from a broken home, and through this relationship gets the chance to redeem himself. Joe traveled through several festivals last year. When it hit TIFF, the buzz was that Green had made a solid return to this genre, and that Cage’s performance was one of his best in years. There’s no word on a release date yet. Here’s the trailer:

  • STARRED UP: It’s baffling how a wonderful young actor like Jack O’Connell isn’t making more popular films and getting nominated for Oscars. Ever since he appeared on Skins, he showed that he was a gifted actor. That’s why Starred Up is so great. In it, O’Connell stars with another great – Ben Mendelsohn. They play son and father who wind up in prison together. The film was directed by David Mackenzie, and also starts Rupert Friend (who looks so much like Orlando Bloom). Starred Up opens in the U.K. on March 21, and will hit U.S. theaters sometime this year via Tribeca Film. Check out the trailer: 

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • A FUTURE: A group of young filmmakers are trying to make a a short movie about growing up, school and time travel. Titled A Future, the story follows “a troubled boy who is afraid of time and paranoid about going to school. The classroom, teachers and students are more like drones and the school building resembles a factory. His mom drops him off and tells him that before he knows it, she’ll be back to pick him up and the day will be over. He is given an entrance exam that sucks him into a vortex, launching him through time and bombarding him with surreal visions of the academic world. He sees the stories of others as well as his future self. The exam spits him back out into his own future. Where he ends up is not at all where he started, and no one seems to notice.” This is a quirky, interesting and unique film that requires your help to succeed. Head over to Kickstarter to find out how you can help.

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?