In the wake of the “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter campaign, which raised over $5 million from fans to finally get a movie made, actor/writer/director Zach Braff saw an opportunity to make a follow-up to his directorial debut, “Garden State. “Wish I Was Here” was written by Zach and his brother, Adam Braff, and tells the story of a “struggling actor, father and husband.” The character decides to home school the two young children of his sick father, doing away with the assigned curriculum for one of his own.
Braff launched a Kickstarter, setting a $2 million goal for funding of his movie, as Rob Thomas did with the “Veronica Mars” project, and it only took three days to cross the line. “28,000 Financiers in 3 days! I will not let you down. Let’s go make a killer movie,” Braff wrote on Twitter.
Like other Kickstarter fundraisers, Braff is offering a plethora of rewards for those who donate, from copies of the script to being a credited cast member. However, unlike many other film projects, “Veronica Mars” included, there is not a reward level that will come with a free DVD copy of the finished product. “Unfortunately, giving away the movie could scare off the good distributors for movies like this, because the theater chains insist on having the ‘first run’ of movies before they are available on DVD or digitally,” he writes. He’s hopeful that the film will get a distribution deal that will allow it to run in theaters across the country.
Braff’s Kickstarter still has plenty of time left to donate, as it runs until May 24. If the celebrity cameos in the video Braff posted and crew notes mentioned on the Kickstarter page are any indication, this movie might just work out.
Check out Braff’s hilarious Kickstarter introduction below: