Zach Braff Exceeds $2 Million Goal via Kickstarter for New Feature UPDATED (VIDEO)

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by Ryan Lattanzio
April 29, 2013 8:51 AM
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Zach Braff in 2004's 'Garden State'
"Scrubs" star Zach Braff, who hasn't directed a theatrical film since 2004's seminal indie romance "Garden State," surpassed his $2 million goal on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter for his new feature film "Wish I Was Here." After fundraising launched on April 24, Braff racked up over $1.5 million in one day. On Saturday, he tweeted "28,000 Financiers in 3 days! Un-f-cking I will not let you down. Let's go make a killer movie!" As of April 29, Braff has over 30,000 backers for the project.

His campaign ignited a firestorm of protest at the idea of millionaires turning to crowdsourcing to fund their vanity projects. In response, TheWrap weighed in on the controversy, quoting director Tony Rocha as saying "Please do not give Zach Braff your money."

Braff, who plans to direct and star as he did in "Garden State," co-wrote the screenplay with brother Adam Braff. Here's a summary of the film, penned by Zach Braff on the Kickstarter page:

"Wish I Was Here" is the story of Aidan Bloom (played by me), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic "Space-Knight" he'd always dreamed he'd be as a little kid. When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them.

Production company Double Feature Films anticipates that shooting will begin in LA this summer, as the project will surely meet its goal of $2 million.

Raising funds on Kickstarter for feature film projects is a growing trend among filmmakers both independent and mainstream. Recently, "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas more-than-exceeded his goal of $2 million he needed to revamp the series as a feature film project. Watch Braff's Kickstarter campaign video for "Wish I Was Here" below.

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7 Comments

  • Star Jonestown | May 14, 2013 6:46 PMReply

    WHO IS "director Tony Rocha"?

    Why are people so angry at Zach Braff? Zach Braff is an independent filmmaker. His directorial debut was immensely popular... so, eff him? There's no logic to the hatred. It's just angry people being angry at NOTHING.

  • Patrick Coppola | April 27, 2013 7:45 AMReply

    Once again an additional option for independent filmmakers is exploited by a "name" actor, (and I say that with a twist) because he obviously can't use his "work" to secure financing for his films. It's just the beginning. But, is he the asshole or are the saps who sent him their money the bigger assholes?

  • tyler4all | April 27, 2013 11:14 AM

    the saps that sent him money are the bigger assholes. Braff spends zero money and is set to make a lotta money while these saps pay once to get the movie made and then pay again in order to see the movie. assholes.

  • sglick | April 25, 2013 8:17 PMReply

    As P.T. Barnum famously said, "There's a sucker born every minute."

    In other news, Braff is a massive jerkoff for being so lazy about raising money for his little piece of crap art house BS. Seriously, Braff has PLENTLY of his OWN MONEY to fund this pretentiously arrogant nonsense. Likewise, his producing partner is just being lazy and uncreative about raising the money for this stupid movie that is going to BOMB at the box office.

  • Mel G | April 25, 2013 11:55 PM

    To the obviously creatively frustrated SGLICK. If you think rich people aren't allowed to crowdsource, you're being a reverse elitist. He's not stealing people's money, or claiming to be a starving film student. People are choosing to support his work (instead of yours, I suspect?) You say raising money on kickstarter is the "lazy" way? Now you're insulting the non-rich as well, as many of us have learned just how much work goes into a successful fundraising campaign. Get off your couch, focus on your own work instead of obsessing over someone you'd probably deny being obsessed with, and try harder!

  • B | April 25, 2013 7:11 PMReply

    What a prick. Even the synopsis sounds painfully pretentious.

  • tyler4all | April 25, 2013 4:23 PMReply

    If Zach Braff is worth $22 million why does he need to crowdsource? and doesn't he have enough studio connections to get this greenlit himself? based on the budget of Garden State and its profit, you'd think this would be a slam dunk. all that money coulda gone to fund small projects from new,emerging talent. I like Zach Braff but he doesn't need this kinda help.

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