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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 SACRAMENT: Eli Roth and Ti West‘s The Sacrament is somewhat based on the crazy story of Jim Jones, who formed his own cult following in the early 1970s and eventually led his people to Guyana where the infamous Jonestown suicide massacre of over 900 people occurred. This film tells the story of a Jim Jones type leader of a cult that is visited by a Vice documentary crew. Gene Jones and A.J. Bowen star. The Sacrament will be available on VOD on May 1, and will also land in theaters on June 6. Check out the trailer:

  • IT FELT LIKE LOVE: Eliza Hittman‘s It Felt Like Love is about a very vulnerable time in a person’s life – teenhood. Her film follows a working-class Brooklyn girl named Lila (Gia Piersanti), a 14-year-old who’s tired of living in the shadow of her sexually experienced friend Chiara, who always seems to have a boyfriend. Lila bravely pursues a boy she meets at the beach, but eventually she finds out the harsh realities of having a boyfriend. The trailer offers merely a glimpse of the heavy themes Hittman is covering, and it’s laced with gorgeous images of the beach and nature. It Felt Like Love looks like a beautiful and deep coming-of-age story film. The film played at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and will finally hit theaters on March 21st. Here’s the trailer:

  • IN THE BLOOD: Gina Carano‘s latest venture is In The Blood, where she plays a wife determined to uncover the truth about the sudden disappearance of her husband, played by Cam Gigandet. In the film, Carano must face men like Luis Guzman, Danny Trejo, Stephen Lang and Amaury Nolasco, and you guessed it, she beats up nearly all of them. That’s the charm of her. Directed by John Stockwell (Blue Crush, Turistas), In The Blood hits theaters and VOD on April 4. Here’s the trailer:

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  • MILES: Miles is a film about blurring the boundaries between humanity and technology, set in the off-roading world of Central California. Helmed by first time director Oliver Daly, Miles tells the story of a teenage dirt bike rider who stumbles upon Max, an infant specimen of the most advanced military creation in history. The creature quickly develops into something highly intelligent and nearly unstoppable. Currently, Daly is asking for help to fund his sci-fi/action project on Kickstarter. If you head over to his campaign page, you’ll find some cool concept art and images of dirt bike riders off-roading in California’s Inland Empire, which is where this film is set. Head over to Kickstarter for more information.

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?