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.

  • BEGIN AGAIN: John Carney‘s film Begin Again, formerly titled Can A Song Save Your Life?, stars Mark Ruffalo as Dave, a former big-time record executive who’s fired by Mos Def, and Keira Knightley‘s Gretta as the girlfriend of a rock star who gets dumped when he’s signed to a major label. Dave and Gretta come together by fate and soon begin making music together – Gretta as a singer songwriter and Dave as the producer – in and around New York City. Begin Again premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews and will also play at Tribeca Film Festival this month. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener and Cee Lo Green. The Weinstein Co. will release the film in July. Here’s the first trailer:

  • THE DROP: Michael R. Roskam‘s The Drop is something along the lines of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River and Killing Them Softly. The film follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families and foes all work together to make a living. This is Gandolfini’s final performance, and it looks like he did one hell of job. The Drop hits theaters September 19. Here’s the trailer:

  • PALO ALTO: The written work of James Franco is adapted in Gia Coppola‘s (the grand-daughter of famed director Francis Ford Coppola) Palo Alto. Based on a book of short stories by do-it-all Franco, the movie follows a football coach, played by the man of the hour, who takes an interested in one of his teen students, played by Emma Roberts. Palo Alto premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year and has garnered some solid reviews. The film will opens in select theaters May 9th after playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here’s the latest trailer:

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  • NIGHTMARE CODE: Mark Netter‘s Nightmare Code is a highly suspenseful, shocking and thought-provoking 90 minute movie created on a low budget yet featuring over 600 visual effects. The indie thriller is about a behavior recognition technology start-up company whose software begins modifying human behavior with terrifying results. Currently Netter is raising funds on Indiegogo, and the film is nearly finished. Below you can see a teaser trailer for the film, and if you want to find out more information head to Indiegogo.

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?