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.
- BORGMAN: Directed by Alex van Warmerdam, Borgman is an allegorical tale that explores the nature of evil in unexpected places. The film follows a vagrant, but charming man who enters the home of an upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process. Borgman played the festival circuit last year, including Cannes Film Festival, TIFF and Fantastic Fest. Now thanks to Drafthouse, the film will hit limited theaters June 6th. The trailer is often graphic and creepy, but does a good job setting up the premise of the film. Check it out:
- FORT BLISS: Claudia Myers‘ family drama Fort Bliss deals with some pretty heavy stuff. Starring Michelle Monaghan, the film follows a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who returns home from an extended tour in Afghanistan. Upon her return, she struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son, who forgot about her during her 18-month tour of duty. Fort Bliss doesn’t seem to hold back when dealing with women in the military, and looks like it covers a lot of ground in that arena. Here’s the trailer:
- WE ARE THE BEST: In the Swedish film We Are The Best, three pre-teen girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Directed by Lukas Moodysoon, this offbeat coming-of-age comedy has a similar vibe to School Of Rock, and also Moodysoon’s earlier films like Show Me Love and Together. The film premiered at the 2013 Reykjavik Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. It also played at the Venice and Toronto film feasts. It’s set to hit select theaters May 30 via Magnolia Pictures.
Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:
- SOMEWHERE THE KING: Somewhere The King tells the story of an elderly woman named Claudine, who is very sick and walks around with her oxygen mask. When her 13-year-old granddaughter June breaks up with her boyfriend and decides to give up on life, Claudine decides to take her to an Elvis Presley impersonators contest. The film is being directed by Charles Mazery as his Thesis film for his final project at USC School of Cinematic Arts. He’s currently asking for financial support on Kickstarter. On his campaign page you’ll find a quirky video with some neat animation. Head over to Kickstarter and find out how you can be a part of this project.
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?