Thursday, May 23, 2024

Zach Braff Kickstarter Campaign Raises $1.5 Mil in 24 Hours for New Film


UPDATE Thursday 11:45 am: Zach Braff has raised $1.5 million in 24 hours. He’ll hit his goal of $2 million today.

Earlier: I can tell you exclusively that former “Scrubs” star Zach Braff’s long in the works indie film “Wish I Was Here” is finally coming together. And it will co-star Katherine Heigl. Braff has decided to launch the film on Kickstarter today, but I’ve known about it for some time. “Wish I Was Here” will be Braff’s first directing effort since the beloved “Garden State” with Natalie Portman.

The goal on Kickstarter is $2 million. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, who produced “Garden State” but are also well known for Quentin Tarantino’s movies, are back as producers. Of course, “Wish I Was Here” will cost several million more than $2 mil, but this is a good way to show public enthusiasm for the project. It will attract investors.

When you put a project on Kickstarter, the way to get donors is to offer trinkets, etc. “Donor incentives: here range from personal copies of the script to access to weekly behind-the-scenes video to invitations to the premiere and even a speaking role in the film. I was going to make a joke about win a date with Katherine Heigl, but she’s married and is a mom, so that wouldn’t work out.

Here’s the press release info on “Wish I Was Here”:

“Wish I Was Here” is the story of Aidan Bloom (to be played by Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband who at 35, is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid. When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them. The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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