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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.

  • THE ZERO THEOREM: ‘Why would you want to prove that everything is for nothing?’ asks Christoph Waltz in the latest trailer for Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem. The film follows a computer genius (Waltz) whose goal  is to discover the reason for human existence. Through his search, he constantly finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him. Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw co-star. The Zero Theorem has played at a few festivals so far, but has no U.S. release date yet. Here’s the trailer:

  • THE LIBERTADOR: Alberto Alvero‘s Spanish-Venezuelan historical drama The Libertador tells the story of Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar who lead numerous military campaigns to unify South America. His campaign covered more than twice that of the lands conquered by Alexander the Great. The Libertador is an epic biopic that surprisingly doesn’t look tiresome or dull. Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty) plays Bolivar. Throughout the trailer Bolivar says countless inspiring things, including some speeches. There’s also beautiful cinematography of Colombian landscapes. The film is set to play today at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Here’s the trailer:

  • WHAT IF: What If, previously known as The F Word, stars Daniel Radcliffe as a med school dropout who falls for a perky animator, played by Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), who unfortunately has had a boyfriend since, like, forever. Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park and Oona Chaplin also star. CBS Films bought the U.S. rights to the project after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September and will release it at the end of summer. The following is a clip in which Kazan’s character reveals that she has a boyfriend.

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  • THE IMMEDIATE UNKNOWN: There are a lot of movies about college out there, but many of them are raunchy comedies that don’t capture the true feeling of that scary, vulnerable time in a young person’s life. Kaitlyn Mekertichian‘s The Immediate Unknown wants to show the reality of that time between teen-hood and adulthood. The film follows Chloe, an eighteen-year-old girl who enters her freshman year at Fitz College, a small liberal arts school in the Midwest. Her ordinary life gets shaken up when she enters college and experience adulthood in its most vulnerable form. You can head over to Kickstarter to find out more about this project.

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?