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

Zach Braff Wish I Was Here

'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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  1. Bryant Woodard says:

    I got a ticket at the last minute to join my girlfriend. Great movie. Zach Braff DID thank kickstarter supporters after the movie several times. It was also enjoyable to follow the process of the making of the movie. I think any kickstarter backer would do it again. Thanks Mr.Braff.

  2. Sean Huze says:

    Reblogged this on Sandstorm Productions, Inc. and commented:
    Should you accommodate #Kickstarter backers? If possible it def shows appreciation and ensures their loyalty on your next project, BUT with limited tickets available to filmmakers and the need to get distributors/buyers’ butts in those seats, how is it even possible? Would love to hear ideas/thoughts and especially someone who has dealt with this before. Seems logistically impossible yet filmmakers will unfairly look ungrateful.


      I’m a filmmaker and I would hold a private screening for anyone who has helped me in financing my film. I wouldn’t charge them a ticket for the film the helped me get to where it needed to go. Its just that simple.

  3. Joe Smart says:

    I really hope this movie bombs. Zack Braff didn’t fund his movie through fan contributions–he used those contributions to secure more traditional financing from people who will actually profit off their investment if the movie does well. What Braff did was sleazy and he deserves to have some bad karma come his way.

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