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Zach Braff hits $2 million Kickstarter target for Wish I Was Here

Garden State

Story by Jack Foley

JUST days after Zach Braff went to Kickstarter to finance his Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here, the star has hit his $2 million target.

The former Scrubs luminary opted to finance his new film (which he will also write and direct) via the Kickstarter route in order to maintain creative control.

It was a risk. But a worthwhile one. For while the target wasn’t reached as a similar one achieved by the forthcoming Veronica Mars movie, it did do it in surprisingly quick fashion.

Over 28,000 backers contributed to the project, prompting a delighted Braff to Tweet on Friday: “Dear Fans, I cannot believe your unbelievable support for WIWH. I wish I could hug each and every one of you.”

There were incentives laid down by the director for investors. For $200 pledged, the director will feature a backer’s name written in graffiti on a wall that the main character walks by, while for $3,000 pledged, a backer will get the opportunity to be an extra in the movie.

Wish I Was Here is based on a script that Braff co-wrote with his brother Adam.

The synopsis posted on the film’s Kickstarter fundraising page reads: “Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom (played by me), 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 (ages 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.”

Jim Parsons has been cast in the film, which is being produced by Oscar-nominated power players Stacey Sher and Michael Shamburg.

Braff can currently be seen in blockbuster movie Oz The Great & Powerful alongside James Franco, another actor who recently turned to Kickstarter to help finance an art project.

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