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Sundance: Kickstarter Backers Plead for Tickets to Zach Braff Movie Premiere

'Wish I Was Here' premiered in Park City Saturday

A crowd of desperate fans gathered outside the premiere of Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” at Sundance on Saturday morning.

Many of them had donated to the Kickstarter campaign Braff launched in May 2013, which ultimately raised $3.1 million to help finance the film.

But only a handful of donors were rewarded with a seat to the first showing.

“We didn’t know anybody in Utah to buy us tickets,” said Bryant Woodard from Longmont, Colo., who donated about $500. In return, he received a copy of Braff’s latest play. He had still not received autographed memorabilia he’d been promised.

Another young woman, who had donated $50, held up a sign asking for two tickets.

A chunk of seats were roped off for Kickstarter fans, who joined Braff, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Harry Styles and Mandy Patinkin inside. (Donors of $750 or more were given tickets to various premieres of the film.)

“I’m so happy to be here,” Braff told the hooting fans in introductory remarks that didn’t include a thank you to the Kickstarter supporters.

“You are the very first eyes on a movie we have been working very hard on.”

About 30 minutes before the premiere, Woodard was able to buy a single ticket outside the theater for his girlfriend but not himself.

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