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Zach Braff Answers The Tough Questions On Why He's Using Kickstarter To Fund His Next Film

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 4, 2013 at 11:42AM

I learned that Zach Braff, who, as you all know, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2 million to shoot an indie feature film, actually contributed to a campaign that I've pushed heavily here on S&A - the Freedom Fighters documentary project about exonerated black men who band together to form a detective agency to investigate cases of other men behind bars, claiming to have been falsely imprisoned.
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I learned that Zach Braff, who, as you all know, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2 million to shoot an indie feature film, actually contributed to a campaign that I've pushed heavily here on S&A - the Freedom Fighters documentary project about exonerated black men who band together to form a detective agency to investigate cases of other men behind bars, claiming to have been falsely imprisoned.

Not that I'm implying that Zach learned about the project from S&A, but I was glad to see that he'd contributed to the campaign, which, by the way, still needs another $8,000 to reach its goal, with 6 days left.

But not only did Zach contribute, he did so at the highest level - says the filmmaker - which is $5,000!

So, it got me wondering whether the celebrities/entertainers/public personalities who've taken to crowd-funding to raise money for their projects (there haven't been that many that I'm aware of), and have done so with success, have themselves contributed to the campaigns of others - especially those thousands of other indie film campaigns that don't have any celebs/entertainers/public personalities to help sell them, and aren't getting blanket mainstream press coverage.

I hoped Kickstarter had some way for me to find this out, but, alas, there isn't, which makes sense I suppose.

But just a thought...

What I really want to share with you is this new, informative KCRW/Kim Masters interview with Braff, specifically about his Kickstarter campaign. I think it's an especially good interview because she asks him most of the tough questions - question that many of you have posed about celebrities who take to crowdfunding sites to raise money for the film projects. For example, obvious questions like: you're a Hollywood celebrity, so why Kickstarter? And also... but you have rich friends Zach, you have the kind of access that other regular folks don't, so why not exploit all of that? Also... the perks are nice Zach, but some would rather see their contributions act as investments, meaning they'll get to enjoy in the film's eventual financial success, assuming that happens. And also... aren't you invading an already very crowded space Zach, that indies have long felt was theirs? As well as... why not invest your own money, Zach?

And much more... 

Through it all, he also gives the listener some insight into how the financing process works for filmmakers at his level, the emphasis on international box office appeal, which we've touched on in recent posts, and more.

One thing he says that I wish she'd asked for further clarification on, is his statement that it's still illegal to *crowd-invest* (my term, not theirs) when she asks him about contributors who would rather invest in the film to see a financial return later, instead of giving money because they just want to see the project made, and are content with whatever perks are offered at their contribution level.

I wasn't clear on all that; maybe someone can explain it to me.

The entire interview is worth a listen on a Saturday morning or afternoon, so check it out below (Zach Braff comes in around the 7:20 mark, if you want to skip ahead. Although the first 7 minutes of the show, on the so-called "new fronts" with regards to the TV space, are worth listening to as well):


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