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 GREEN INFERNO: One word that keeps popping up when describing Eli Roth‘s The Green Inferno is creepy. The horror film follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they wanted to protect. Though Green Inferno premiered at last year’s TIFF, it’s just now being released, and the first trailer has arrived. The clip begins with a peaceful rhythm, showing the natives going about their daily routines. But soon the suspense creeps in and we begin to hear violent screams. The film stars Daryl Sabara, Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Kirby Bliss Blanton and Sky Ferreira, and is scheduled to hit theaters September 5, 2014. Check out the trailer:

  • THE CAPTIVE: Atom Egoyan is taking his latest film, The Captive, to compete at Cannes. Ryan Reynolds stars as Matthew, whose daughter Cass (Peyton Kennedy) is kidnapped from the back of his truck at a roadside diner. A terrifying manhunt begins that’ll test Matthew’s marriage, and also affect everyone involved, including the detectives trying to find her. The film also stars Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and Bruce Greenwood. Here’s the trailer:

  • THE ROVER: Also scheduled to make its debut at Cannes is The Rover, written and directed by David Michod, The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as two guys on the road in a post-apocalyptic world. Set 10 years following the collapse of society, Pattinson plays a gang member who gets left behind after a robbery, and Pearce is the victim he’s forced to help recover the one thing that still matters to him. Here’s the trailer:

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  • DOG BOWL: Directed by Gordy Hoffman, Dog Bowl is a short film about a woman who steals a vest off a service dog, only to find herself facing the secret of her very existence. The film was shot in early January in locations around Los Angeles over the course of three days. Hoffman has gone to Kickstarter to try and raise funds for his film in order to sort out post-production expenses, including editing, sound, music, delivery and distribution. Head over to Kickstarter to find out more about the film.


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?