Zach Braff Kickstarter Push for Feature Hits $1 Million

Zach Braff Kickstarter: Actor Launches Campaign

'Wish I Was Here' aims to raise $2 million

Zach Braff has hit over $1 million in the first day of his Kickstarter campaign to raise $2 million in 30 days from fans to fund production of drama “Wish I Was Here.”

The campaign had reached $1.03 million as of 3:40 p.m. PDT.

Braff plans to star and direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his brother Adam Braff. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg will produce via their Double Feature Films.

Braff also wrote, directed and starred in 2004’s  “Garden State.” He was most recently seen in Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great And Powerful.”

Braff will portray a struggling actor, husband and father trying to find his identity and purpose at age 35. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private school  and the only available public school is on its last legs.

Producers hope to shoot the film in Los Angeles in the summer. The donor incentives include copies of the script, access to weekly behind-the-scenes video, invitations to the premiere and a speaking role in the film.

Braff noted that 10% of the films at the recent Sundance Film Festival had  Kickstarter money.

“Social media has begun to give content creators a chance to appeal directly to their fan base and say, ‘I wanna make something for you, but I’m gonna need your help,’ ” he said. “The supporters of mine across the globe who back this film project will not only get to see something that wouldn’t have been made otherwise, but they’ll get to do so knowing they made it happen.”

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  1. Nothing like free money for film producers to continue their hobby because they cannot present tangible proof of meeting funding approval criteria to professional investors.

  2. MARK WITHERS says:

    I too am an independent filmmaker desperately trying to raise funds for my 4th feature film ‘Bonobo’ (after a backer pulled out and we go into production on June 5th) so we set up a Kickstarter campaign for which I’ve already shaved my hair off as publicity and agreed to get a Kickstarter tattoo if we hit our goal of $17,000 (this is to re-top up our small budget)….yet it is so slow!
    Unlike Mr Braff I’m not ‘known’ and I certainly don’t have the kind of money he A)earns or B)has access to, yet I’m currently BANK ROLLING THE PRODUCTION MYSELF at huge financial risk (if and until we find another investor) so I feel that if a well known (and financially well-off) individual is as passionate about their film as I am mine they should be prepared to personally ‘put their money where their mouth is!’
    Because just like the Hollywood blockbusters this pushes aside the smaller indies, leaving them lagging behind in their shadow, barely noticed.

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