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.

  • BLUE RUIN: The trailer for Jeremy Saulnier‘s Blue Ruin is causing quite a stir. The film follows Dwight (Macon Blair), a vulnerable and homeless man who has hit rock bottom years after his parents’ murder. One day Dwight is picked up by cops who inform him that his parents’ murderer has finally been released from jail. Carrying the scars of his childhood trauma, Dwight vows to avenge the murder of his parents. The trailer alone shows that this is dark and disturbing, psychological thriller. Saulnier made the film on a $38,000 budget, which he raised through Kickstarter. The film is set to open in theaters and hit VOD on April 25. Here’s the trailer:

  • FILTH: Filth is a dark comedy by writer/director Jon S. Baird. Based on the best-selling novel by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, the film stars James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson, a bipolar, bigoted junkie cop who manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter. Also starring Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Boradbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie and Shirley Henderson, Filth will hit limited theaters on May 30.

  • NIGHT MOVES: In Night Moves, Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning play Eco-terrorists. The film, directed by Kelly Reichardt, revolves around a plan to destroy a dam in Oregon, but from the trailer, we gather that things don’t go according to plan. Peter Sarsgaard also stars. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, and will open in theaters May 30, via Cinedigm. Check out the trailer:

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  • JANE WANTS A BOYFRIEND: Jane Wants A Boyfriend is a feature film written by Jarret Kerr and directed by William C. Sullivan. The film tells the story of a young woman’s pursuit of love and the world that didn’t see it coming. The story centers around Jane (Louisa Krause), a young costume intern in New York, working on a theater piece starring her older sister Bianca (Eliza Dushku). Funny, shy, and candid – Jane is living on the Autism spectrum, a woman who faces unique challenges in her everyday ambitions. As the opening night of the play approaches, and Jane goes on some very eye-opening first dates, we learn that – although we’ve all been dealt our own obstacles, some more challenging than others – at the end of the day we all deserved to be loved. The film also stars Gabriel Ebert, Polly Draper (Side Effects) and Amir Arison (Blacklist, Girls). Jane has already been shot, but the filmmakers are hoping to raise more funds for post-production costs like color correction, music rights and festival entries. If you’re interested in this film, head over to Kickstarter

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?