Zach Braff turns to Kickstarter to fund ‘Garden State’ sequel

zachbraffActor Zach Braff wants to raise $2 million to make a sequel to his cult hit “Garden State.”

But instead of going to Hollywood producers or a studio with his idea, the star of the TV show “Scrubs” went directly to fans on the money-raising website Kickstarter.

Cash those fans can shell out for the forthcoming flick – “Wish I Was Here” – but for which they won’t receive money in return. Only tangible gifts, such as passes to premieres, voiced messages, or,  for thousands of dollars,  a tiny part in the movie and time on the set.

It’s not the first time a Hollywood heavy-hitter has gone the online fundraising route. Producers of the TV show “Veronica Mars” launched a similar campaign, to a huge response. And it looks like fan reaction for Braff’s production has been equally robust. In a little more than 24 hours, he’s raised more than 75 percent of the total. Close to $1.7 million.

But is it fair for someone with such a high profile to compete against other people looking for project money on Kickstarter? Zach Braff joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to discuss his campaign.

Comments

  1. gagetokei.com
    Jun 22, 2014, 2:06 pm

    同じ調査レポートで、ニールセン メディア 多数 があることを明らかにした 2.75 としてすべての家庭にテレビを設定します に反対する 家ごとの 2.55 人。東芝からのこの最新の立ち上げ
    は、 クラウド LED テレビは、可能 ユーザー ストリーム映画、プログラム、写真、ショー、音楽等の管理 あなた自身 またはオンにすると 忙しいスケジュール !通常 大規模なワイドで アンクレット ブレスレット。

  2. Perry Connor
    Mar 10, 2014, 8:15 pm

    I wouldn't call it unfair but it is kinda lame. A guy like that probably has tons of contacts and agents and all that fancy Hollywood stuff. Find money that way. Leave sites like Kickstarter for the folks who really don't have any other options.

  • Meagan

    I wouldn't say it's unfair. People can choose who they want to give their money to. But I would be more compelled to donate if he was having trouble getting funding before creating a kickstarter. I can understand, however, if he wants freedom to do it his way with out studio pressures giving him too big of a budget and trying to make it bigger than it is, or something it's not. Garden State is a wonderful film for these very reasons, and if he's going to continue this story, it should be done right. And if people want to help him, and to feel like a part of it in some way, I say let them.

  • It's good to hear about Zach's participation on this. Can't wait!

  • Of all movies that can crossover into Kickstarter territory, I think it makes sense that it's Garden State. I love supporting ideas on Kickstarter and it's always amazing when regular people reach their dreams through the support of friends and strangers who believe in them. I think it's kind of nice that it's allowing big Hollywood to become a little smaller and closer to the audience and fans they're making the movie for. Kickstarter is a great avenue for true creativity to flourish without red tape and regardless of who wants to use it, as long as there is support for the dream.

  • Susan

    Oh and shameless plug for my boyfriend's art project… on Kickstarter ;) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/colinfreeman/

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  • Spencer

    Its not a sequel. Zach explains it pretty clearly in the video

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  • 同じ調査レポートで、ニールセン メディア 多数 があることを明らかにした 2.75 としてすべての家庭にテレビを設定します に反対する 家ごとの 2.55 人。東芝からのこの最新の立ち上げ
    は、 クラウド LED テレビは、可能 ユーザー ストリーム映画、プログラム、写真、ショー、音楽等の管理 あなた自身 またはオンにすると 忙しいスケジュール !通常 大規模なワイドで アンクレット ブレスレット。