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.
- UNDER THE SKIN: One of the most talked about films this year is Jonathan Glazer‘s Under The Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien. The film follows her sexual ventures “around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands.” The tone here is definitely dark and creepy; some critics thought the film was genius when it first debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. Under The Skin is Glazer’s third movie in 13 years (following 2000′s Sexy Beast), and though not everyone seems impressed by it, it definitely looks worth checking out. Here’s the exclusive trailer from HitFix:
- ENEMY: In Enemy, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a teacher who runs into his exact double, and then goes a little crazy. The actor once again teams up with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, but the style of this thriller is totally different from the former. Adapted from Jose Saramago‘s 2002 novel The Double, the film also stars Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, and Sarah Gadon. Enemy premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and will hit limited theaters March 14. Gyllenhaal looks like he’s really having fun with this loony character, and the style of the film is very intriguing. Check out the new trailer:
- GOODBYE WORLD: In Denis Henry Hennelly‘s drama Goodbye World, Adrian Grenier and Kerry Bishe star as James and Lily, a couple who lives off the grid, raising their young daughter in a cocoon of comfort and sustainability. When a mysterious mass text rupples its way across the country, triggering a crippling, apocalyptic cyber attack, their home transitions from a sheltered modern oasis to a fortress for the estranged old friends that show up at their door for protection. The indie thriller also stars Caroline Dhavernas, Gaby Hoffman, Ben McKenzie, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Remy Nozik and Mark Webber. Goodbye World hits theaters and VOD on April 4th.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- SHE MAKES COMICS: The world of comic books is dominated by men, and because of it, women who work in that industry don’t get the credit they often deserve. She Makes Comics is a documentary about the untold history of women in comic books, celebrating female creators and fans alike. The doc will feature insightful commentary from observers both inside and outside of the comics industry – experts, scholars, writers, artists, actors and filmmakers. But in order to get a proper history account of women in comics, the filmmakers need your help. Head over to Kickstarter to find our how you can help get this documentary 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?