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Zach Braff's second directorial effort, Wish I Was Here, to debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

12.18.2013

Zach Braff earned the ire of movie fans across the Internet when he raised funds to make his second directorial effort, WISH I WAS HERE. Many cried foul that an actor with seemingly large amounts of money would have to ask fans to pay for a passion project. Unlike the VERONICA MARS movie that seemed to truly be rooted in the fans wanting to make the project happen, Braff's Kickstarter opened the floodgates for crowd-sourced films from well known Hollywood names.

Despite the outcry, WISH I WAS HERE has been made and will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Zach Braff's cast includes Kate Hudson, Ashley Greene, Josh Gad, and Mandy Patinkin making it one of the more impressive projects to come out of a Kickstarter campaign.

Aidan Bloom, a 35-year-old struggling actor, father, and husband, is still trying to find purpose in his life. In coming to terms with the death of his father, Aidan and his family unite to discover how to turn the page onto the next chapter.

Braff wrote the screenplay with his brother Adam. The plot sounds like the next logical step from the guy who made GARDEN STATE and changed the lives of countless teens and twenty-somethings who got lost in the indie-ness of that comedy-drama. I like Braff as a performer and was a big fan of SCRUBS. He himself admits that he took the job on the long-running sitcom as a way to get GARDEN STATE made. Now, after years of not having lead roles and some supporting parts in movies like OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, it looks like he is ready to get back into the limelight with this project.

Kickstarter or not, I am intrigued to see if Braff is able to replicate what he did with GARDEN STATE. I did enjoy the movie for what it was, even if it didn't change my life or cinema as a whole. WISH I WAS HERE will premiere at Sundance on January 16-26th, 2014 and expect a theatrical release to happen later in the year.

Source: Deadline

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11:06PM on 12/18/2013
F this. Braff is a douche.
F this. Braff is a douche.
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12:25PM on 12/20/2013
Buying those internet rumors a bit too much, aren't you?
Buying those internet rumors a bit too much, aren't you?
9:56PM on 12/18/2013

WHAT THE FUCK? What a waste of money.

IMDB's logline/synopsis of GARDEN STATE. "A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade." And if I remember correctly, he was a struggling actor in that as well. The only thing I hate worse than unwarranted reboots/remakes, and fast tracked Superhero / Young Adult novel trilogies, are uninspired, unimaginative "Indie films." Unless your name is Richard Linklater or Michael Haneke, or a filmmaker I'd trust to present an
IMDB's logline/synopsis of GARDEN STATE. "A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade." And if I remember correctly, he was a struggling actor in that as well. The only thing I hate worse than unwarranted reboots/remakes, and fast tracked Superhero / Young Adult novel trilogies, are uninspired, unimaginative "Indie films." Unless your name is Richard Linklater or Michael Haneke, or a filmmaker I'd trust to present an honest depiction of the human condition, I don't want to see your "personal drama / comedy". Write a novel or memoir or something that doesn't cost thousands or millions of dollars. I'm sure this "film" won't be exactly the same as Garden State, and it will probably be a serviceable drama / comedy, but COME ON. Film is one of the youngest, if not the youngest major art form, do something bold. There are still some brave Filmmakers out there that can sneak a daring and innovative film past the studios, but they are few. The rest need to get their shit together and start making films that are more than just watchable. EARN MY FUCKING MONEY. The whole of the film industry is in REBOOT mode. Blockbusters and Indie Films need to be reinvented. I imagine Kubrick started rolling in his grave the day he was buried, and I wouldn't blame him.
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12:31PM on 12/20/2013
Garden State received positive reviews and is loved by many viewers, so at least wait until this one comes out to start judging, would you?
Garden State received positive reviews and is loved by many viewers, so at least wait until this one comes out to start judging, would you?
7:18PM on 12/18/2013

Bigger Can of Worms...

While I don't have a problem with Braff directing another existential, hipster dramedy, I am concerned about the use of Kickstarter for such ventures.
I don't think anyone struggles to understand where Kickstarter originated, but I think we should all be more deliberate in our charitable support of For-Profit projects. Many see Kickstarter as empowering fans to get movies and projects they're passionate about made. But, you can also look at it as [link] using Non-Profit fundraising methods
While I don't have a problem with Braff directing another existential, hipster dramedy, I am concerned about the use of Kickstarter for such ventures.
I don't think anyone struggles to understand where Kickstarter originated, but I think we should all be more deliberate in our charitable support of For-Profit projects. Many see Kickstarter as empowering fans to get movies and projects they're passionate about made. But, you can also look at it as [link] using Non-Profit fundraising methods to raise capital for For-Profit projects without any obligation to investors.

To put it this way, PBS does a semi-annual pledge drive. If you donate this much, PBS willl send you a tote bag. Donate this much and you'll receive a DVD. This is all fine and noble as PBS is, essentially, a non-profit public service.

With Kickstarter, everyone from Zach Braff to Warner Brother asks people to donate money to get films made. This, literally, allows these groups to gain investment dollars with no obligation to their investors, beyond the gifts they offer in the front end. Typically, any party who invests in a project is entitled to some level of return, based on the percentage they contributed to the overall funding. The filmmakers then have a level of liability and obligation to perform. With Kickstarter, they're asking you to fund a project so they have zero risk. Movie bombs? No prob, wasn't our money. Movie profits? Sweet, any return is profit since it wasn't our capital.

What happens here is a false empowerment of the viewer. "Donate" to help get a cool movie made. Then pay to go see that movie. That's all that's in it for you. We make money either way. Thanks!
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10:00PM on 12/18/2013
That's not completely true. Most backers of this movie will get access to an online screening of the film. It makes good business sense if someone can make a movie with as little risk as possible, so what's the harm?
That's not completely true. Most backers of this movie will get access to an online screening of the film. It makes good business sense if someone can make a movie with as little risk as possible, so what's the harm?
12:54PM on 12/19/2013
Well, like I said, they're providing "gifts" or "perks" in place of returns. Much like PBS. You donate, see the movie early! Cool.

When Sam Raimi funded the Evil Dead, he raised money through a previous short film and sought out investors, business men like the local dentist etc. These investors then received return on the capital they provided, based on ticket sales etc. Who knows how long they received dividends. If Raimi didn't buy back the percentage, they may still receive
Well, like I said, they're providing "gifts" or "perks" in place of returns. Much like PBS. You donate, see the movie early! Cool.

When Sam Raimi funded the Evil Dead, he raised money through a previous short film and sought out investors, business men like the local dentist etc. These investors then received return on the capital they provided, based on ticket sales etc. Who knows how long they received dividends. If Raimi didn't buy back the percentage, they may still receive kickback.

While I totally support mitigating and minimizing investment risk, why does Warner Brothers need you to "donate" to get a Veronica Mars movie made? They're simply asking you allow them 0 accountability and profit more than 100%.

It's not the end of the world or anything, I'm just not going to "donate" so the WB or Zach Braff can make a 1000% return on their movie and 0 return for those who pitched in. That's taking advantage of people.
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4:35PM on 12/18/2013
I didn't mind Garden State though Portman's character was somewhat annoying. Hopefully this is at least as good.
I didn't mind Garden State though Portman's character was somewhat annoying. Hopefully this is at least as good.
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3:15PM on 12/18/2013
Really excited for this. Garden State is one of my favorite films ever and I have been dieing to see what else Braff has up his directorial sleeve.

If anything, you know the film will have an amazing soundtrack.
Really excited for this. Garden State is one of my favorite films ever and I have been dieing to see what else Braff has up his directorial sleeve.

If anything, you know the film will have an amazing soundtrack.
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