Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Movie ‘Wish I Was Here’ Set for July 18 Release

Zach Braff Wish I Was Here

Focus Features will release Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” on July 18 in New York and Los Angeles and then expand the film on July 25 and again on Aug. 1.

Focus bought the U.S. rights to the Kickstarter-funded dramedy in January  following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered mixed responses.

The acquisition is a significant deal for Focus, the first major transaction since parent Universal decided to move the company toward a more commercial approach. The Focus deal was made for $2.7 million, with an initial theatrical commitment of 500 locations or more.

“Wish I Was Here” marks the first pic toplining a major star to be funded by Kickstarter.

The film, which is Braff’s follow-up to “Garden State,” centers on a thirty-something man (played by Braff) struggling to reconcile his failed life aspirations. Pic co-stars Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Mandy Patinkin and Joey King.

Braff’s Kickstarter campaign ended with over $3.1 million funded by 46,520 people. Backers who pledged for advance screenings rewards will be invited to attend early previews in their local markets.

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  1. Congratulations to Kickstarter for helping raise ONE BILLION DOLLARS, we see this as the beginning of a multi-Billion dollar industry which serves to benefit the people. Since the passing of the 2012 Jobs Act we have been working at developing the next generation of web portals for the raising of equity by small business. At PeoplePowerFund we are eagerly awaiting the final rules from the S.E.C. which will allow everyday investors to invest for an equity stake in a company they believe in!
    For the first time in more than 80 years individuals and companies will be able to broadly solicit their capital raising. “A shark tank for everyone!”

  2. Greg Davis says:

    Zack Braff is a greedy pig, so how is this movie gonna be different than a studio backing him???? He is gonna put that one really funny joke in the movie that the big studio wouldn’t have let him. There is 46,520 dn morons out there giving there money to a millionaire(net worth 20mil). He can fund his damn self if it’s a passion project, kick starter is not for people with all the connections in Hollywood to ask the audience for$. If people didn’t give him $ the movie would have still have been made and turned out just the same with that boring Indy vibe. F u braff

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