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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.

  • GOD’S POCKET: God’s Pocket features one of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s final performances. The film, directed by John Slattery, focuses on Mickey Scarpato, who’s dealing with the death of his wife’s psychotic son and a newspaper columnist who’s writing a story about it. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and has received mixed reviews. However, we’re sure that Hoffman is spectacular in this, as he was in everything he was a part of. God’s Pocket also stars Christina Hendricks and John Turturro, and will open in select theaters May 9th.

  • I ORIGINS: Directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth), I Origins tells the story of a molecular biologist and laboratory partner who uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it. Starring Michael Pitt and Britt Marling, the film is a bit of a love story with a sci-fi edge. Fox Searchlight picked up the distribution rights for I Origins at this year’s Sundance and will release it July 18. Here’s the trailer:

  • MAPS TO THE STARS: David Cronenberg‘s Maps To The Stars is twisted on so many levels. The film tells the story the screwed up Weiss family. John Cusack plays Stanford Weiss, who made millions by writing self-help manuals. His wife, played by Olivia Williams, manages their son’s Benjie’s (Evan Bird) acting career. Mia Wasikowska is Benjie’s sister Agatha, who becomes the assistant to Hollywood star Havana Segrand, played by Julianne Moore. Robert Pattinson also stars as a limo driver. The first trailer gives you a taste of just how twisted the lives of these people are. The film has no official release date yet, but word is it will debut at Cannes.

  • FED UP: Fed Up is a documentary that looks at the food industry, specifically the fast food industry. Produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David, Fed Up is being described as “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see,” and USA Today says “the movie will change the way people think about eating.” The trailer gives some scary facts about the food industry, including that “over 95 percent of all Americans will be overweight or obese in two decades,” and that “by 2050, one out of every three American will have diabetes.” The film hits theaters May 9. Here’s the trailer:

  • OBVIOUS CHILD: Starring Jenny Slate, Obvious Child tells the story of Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern, who gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best St. Valentine’s Day of her life. The comedy premiered at Sundance and garnered rave reviews; Slate’s performance was hailed as “career making.” A24 will release the film Jun 6. Here’s the trailer:

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  • WINTER CHEMISTRY: Directed by Brit Wigintton, Winter Chemistry is set in 1974 and tells the story of two young girls who fall in love with their high school chemistry teacher. The film is adapted from a short story by Joy Williams, from her collection titled Taking Care. Currently Wigintton is trying to raise funds for production design (this film is a period piece after all) through Kickstarter. There’s other expenses that need to be covered as well like props, copyright fees and food. If you’re interested in this story, 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?