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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.

  • GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES AMNESIA: Gore Vidal was one of the most recognized figures of the 20th century. His work has had a profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars. Nichols Wrathall‘s documentary Gore Vida: The United States Amnesia profiles this American libertarian with one-on-one interviews as well as footage from Vidal’s on-air appearances. The documentary has screened at numerous festivals including Tribeca, Pal Springs and Aspen. The film is set to hit theaters May 23. Check out the trailer:

  • LULLABY: Written and directed by Andrew Levitas, Lullaby features a star-studded cast including the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Anne Archer, Terrence Howard, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Barden. The film tells the story of Jonathan (Hedlund), who’s estranged from his family and receives word that his dying father has chosen to take himself off life support within 48 hours. ARC Entertainment will distribute the film on June 13, 2014. Here’s the trailer:

  • A HARD DAY: Kim Seoung-hun‘s A Hard Day is set to screen as part of the Director’s Fortnight sidebar in Cannes. The Korean thriller follows a detective, played by Lee Sun-Kyun, who attempts to cover up a hit-and-run. Meanwhile he is being threatened by a mysterious witness to the murder. Here’s the trailer:

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  • LA VERNIA: Directed by Ruthie Doyle, La Vernia follows a Brooklyn dancer who returns to her hometown in rural Texas for a funeral and is confronted with family, identity and the loss left behind. Some of the film has already been shot on 16mm and on-location in Texas, but there’s still a long journey ahead for Doyle and her crew. You can check out some of the film’s footage below. And to contribute to this project, head 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?