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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.

  • VERY GOOD GIRLS: Directed by first-time filmmaker Naomi Foner, Very Good Girls stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two young women who make a pact to lose their virginity before college, but wind up falling for the same guy, obviously causing feelings and complications. The film first premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Though the film didn’t generate that much buzz coming out of Sundance, the trailer shows a glimpse of some powerful performances by Dakota and Olsen. Very Good Girls is set to hit VOD and theaters July 25, 2014.

  • THE GREEN INFERNO: The latest trailer for Eli Roth‘s The Green Inferno gives us a better grasp of the film’s plot. The horror pic 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. All of this can be seen in the trailer. Though Green Inferno premiered at last year’s TIFF, it’s just now being released. 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 second trailer:

  • MADE IN AMERICA: There’s no denying that Jay-Z is one of the best rappers alive. He knows how to throw words together like few people do, and he’s cool. “After great tragedy, creativity is born,” he says in the trailer for Made In America. The documentary, which is directed by Ron Howard, is a behind-the-scenes look at the music festival Jay-Z launched in Philadelphia last year. Featuring interviews with artists like Janelle Monae, Skrillex and Run D.M.C., Made In America appears to be more than just a look at the making of a music festival. The trailer is filled with inspiring quotes about the power of music. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival last September, and Phase 4 Films is in charge of distribution. Made In America will hit theaters sometime this summer. Here’s the trailer:

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  • WELCOME TO LEITH: Welcome to Leith is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of small town Leith, North Dakota, which has a population of 16-24 people, most of whom are white supremacists. Prior to September 2011, the town was mostly made up of farmers, with land passed down generation to generation. But that Fall, famous white supremacist Craig Cobb moved into Leith and started burying up property in hopes of turning Leith into a white-only town. Filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher Walker are hoping to share this story of one town’s struggle for sovereignty against one man’s extremist vision. Head over to Kickstarter to find out how you can help. Here’s the trailer:

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?