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

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 29, 2013 at 8:51AM

"Scrubs" star Zach Braff, who hasn't directed a theatrical film since 2004's seminal indie romance "Garden State," has now raised over $1.5 million in one day on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter for his new feature film project, "Wish I Was Here." This has ignited a firestorm of protest at the idea of millionaires turning to crowdsourcing to fund indie pictures.
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Zach Braff in 2004's 'Garden State'
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.