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 DOUBLE: In Richard Ayoade‘s The Double, Jesse Eisenberg plays a man who is driven to insanity when he encounters his doppelganger. Ayoade, who made a spectacular directorial debut with Submarine is developing a unique and interesting style, and that can definitely be seen in the latest trailer for The Double. Thus far, the film has been a hit at festivals. The Double will open in the US on May 9, but it hits the UK on April 4. Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor and Yasmin Paige make up the supporting cast.
- 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.” Last week a24 released a UK trailer for the film, but now a US version has hit the web. The tone again is dark and creepy, and features new footage. Under The Skin is Glazer’s third movie in 13 years (following 2000′s Sexy Beast). Check out the trailer:
- THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY: Based on Patricia Highsmith‘s novel, The Two Faces of January tells the story of a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer. The latest trailer for the thriller does a good job setting up an exciting tone, and thankfully there aren’t any plot spoilers. However, do expect a major plot twist when you actually see the movie. The Two Faces of January stars Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst. There’s no US release date yet, but the film will hit the UK in May. Check out the trailer below:
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- WE’RE OKAY: Kira Bursky‘s We’re Okay tells the story of 17-year-old Delilah who, on her 18th birthday, decides to kill herself. Typical teen story right? Well, this one has a twist. This feature film is a fantasy drama which focuses on the themes of teen depression, warped body image and repressed sexuality. Though Delilah seems to be a very happy girl, we catch a glimpse into the reality of how she truly feels inside her stop-motion animated circus brain. Currently, Bursky is hoping to fund her project on Kickstarter. Head over to see 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?