Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Campaign Closes With $3.1 Million

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'Wish I Was Here' set to shoot in LA this summer

Zach Braff’s Kickstarter campaign for indie drama “Wish I Was Here” has closed after raising $3.1 million in 30 days, including over $400,000 in the final four days.

The campaign raised the funds from 46,520 fans with pledges from $10 for T-shirts and production notes to two $10,000 pledges –one for the slate used on the film signed by the cast and the other  for being a cast member with Braff promising to put the donor in a scene with a spoken line.

“We’d like to shoot in August in LA, so if you would like a walk on role to complement your credit, you’ll need to be available then,” Braff explained. “You will provide your own travel and accommodation.”

Besides Braff, cast includes Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Anna Kendrick, Jim Parsons and Josh Gad.

Worldview Entertainment signed on last week to provide gap financing to “Wish I Was Here.” Wild Bunch is currently handling international sales for the film at the Cannes Film Festival; CAA will rep domestic rights.

“Wish I Was Here” is expected to cost $5 million.

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

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 education and the only available public school is on its last legs.

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  1. Interesting article regarding this story – have you seen Jon Lajoie’s fake kickstarter campaign mocking Zach Braff? Pretty funny:

  2. Philip says:

    So let me get this straight, Zach Braff can just start his own self-absorbed fundraiser for an artsy indie film, and bank 3.1 million dollars, while people like me, out of college, no jobs compared to what was available 10 years ago, can go increasingly more poor. Maybe I should start my own kickstarter campaign. Gotta love actors playing off fans for money, like they’re so poor to begin with. Braff should have used his own funding to make this film happen and should be embarrassed. Even more embarrassing are the idiots who actually contributed to this kickstarter campaign. In the words of Brent Spiner, in the Trekkies documentary, talking about how fans wanted to give them stuff, he says “Really, we do ok!”…

    • Violet says:

      Oh my goodness! You are SO right! It’s totally Zach Braff’s fault that you’re not employed and not your horrible attitude!!

      Look, if you’re not employed, that’s nobody’s fault except your own. Do what everyone else has to do, take that low paying job at the Walmart and start working your way up until you find something better. Sitting on your rump on your parents couch, whining about how there’s no jobs while you’re wasting time on Playstation and the internet, is doing no favours to your entitled ego. This is the real world kid, you want something, you have to work for it now, no more free hand outs.

      As for Zach Braff’s funding, well this is how indie movies are made. The producers go out and find people willing to invest in the movie. All he did in this case, was retain creative control in exchange for finding smaller investers via Kickstarter. I mean, if Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell can do it to get a Veronica Mars movie made, and nobody bats an eye, why can’t Zach Braff?

      And as far as Spiner’s quote is concerned. Sure, they’re doing ok, but I doubt any one of them has a million or so dollars to sink into their own movie.

      • Tom says:

        I’m curious to know how much of his own money he contributed. The only problem with the “this is how indie films are made” is, in this case not only did 46,520 fans put money into the movie, but those same 46,520 fans will also pay MORE money to see the film(not to mention their friends and family who feel obligated to watch a film that was “funded” by someone they know)when the film is released… which is way different than 5 to 8 investors helping to fund the film. So lets see… 46,520 fans x the average ticket price at $10/ticket= $465,200. they get 1/6 of the fan “investment” back that fast. Now, not including the fan investors, how many people do you think will see the movie? So yes he should feel ashamed. Unless the people who contributed to KS get a free screening of it.

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