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.

  • TEENAGE: Teenagers didn’t always exist. The story of Matt Wolf‘s Teenage is simple yet intriguing. In his documentary he explores how the teenager came to be. Through rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th century diaries, Wolf tells of the birth of adolescence. According to Rookie, the movie “lays out how Germany’s most infamous collective of young people, the Hitler youth, was created by the Nazis in order to direct the power of teen determination in their favor.” Teenage also explores American and British teen subcultures, and the idea that young people should be taken seriously. With a beautiful narration by Jena Malone, Teenage is definitely one of the documentaries we’re looking forward to this year. The film hits theaters March 14th. Here’s the trailer:

  • HONOUR: In Honour, Paddy Considine plays a mysterious gun-for-hire. Directed by Shan Khan, this emotionally charged thriller tells the story of Mona, who is forbidden from seeing the man she loves and is made to choose between consenting to the traditional views of her conservative family or follow her heart and be with the man of her dreams. When she choose the latter, she finds herself on the run from a bounty hunter hired by her family. Thus far, people are saying great things about this indie thriller. The film will be released in the US and Canada in mid-April. Here’s the trailer:

  • FORT APACHE: Based on the award-winning story Fort Apache, Addison Mehr‘s latest short film follows a precocious young man as he struggles to escape small town life. On the eve of his eleventh birthday he must choose between leaving home or following his brother down a path of violence and destruction. This coming-of-age film has screened at over thirty festivals including New Orleans Film Festival and LA Shorts Fest. You can watch the entire short film on Vimeo right now if you wish,, but first check out the trailer below:

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  • FORGIVE ME: Monique Carmona‘s Forgive Me is a female, character driven suspense drama that’ll take form as a short film. The movie follows Paula, a nature loving gal who likes planting in her front garden and communing with mother earth. One day a stranger from her past appears seeking forgiveness, leaving Paula to make the toughest decision of her life. Currently the filmmaker is asking for help on Kickstarter. Along with her team, Carmona put together an awesome, attention-grabbing video that’ll leave you wanting to contribute. So go ahead, check it out.

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?