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.

  • FRONTERA: Frontera, directed by newbie Michael Berry, stars Ed Harris as a sheriff who lives on the tumultuous border between Arizona and Mexico. When his wife is mysteriously shot and killed, he teams up with a new sheriff (Aden Young) to find the culprit. The film also stars Michael Pena, as a man wrongfully blamed for murder, and Eva Longoria, as Pena’s wife. Magnolia Pictures will release the film on iTunes and On Demand July 31 and in theaters September 5th. Here’s the latest trailer:

  • BENEATH: Ben Ketai‘s Beneath tells the story of a deadly, supernatural force that is unleashed underground with a crew of trapped coal miners and a female environmentalist. The creepy and claustrophobic horror thriller stars Jeff Fahey, Joey Kern, Kelly Noonan and Brent Briscoe. The film opens on VOD/Digital platforms on June 27, and hits select theaters on July 25. Here’s the trailer:

  • IF I STAY: Based on Gayle Forman‘s 2009 teen novel If I Stay, the film stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a 17-year-old girl dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family. Jamie Blackley plays Moretz’s love interest Adam. The film is directed by R.J. Cutler and also stars Mireille Enos. If I Stay opens in theaters August 22, 2014.

Indie Fundraiser Pick of the Week:

  • THE BEFORE PROJECT: So many films are dedicated to the teenager, but The Before Project is a documentary short that explores the lives of kids on the verge of adolescence. The film is directed by Terence Brown, who remembers being an awkward 11 and 12-year-old. With this doc, Brown hopes to start a conversation more than make a statement. Eventually he hopes to create an interactive website where people from around the world can contribute content and stories about their tween years. If you would like to find out more about this project, 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?