The Zach Braff Kickstarter campaign to fund the writer-director-star’s latest film Wish I Was Herehas hit its $2 million funding goal. As of Saturday, the project was at $2.029 million with still 26 days to go.
(It surpassed $1 million yesterday and has more than 111,000 likes on Facebook.)
The film will tell the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband, in his thirties who is looking to find a purpose in life. According to the Kickstarter page, Bloom 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 Bloom’s father can no longer afford private school payments for his grandkids (ages five and 12), the father undertakes the task of home-schooling, resulting in “some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own.”
The synopsis continued: “Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.”
The Zach Braff Kickstarter still has a long way to go before it catches the planned Veronica Mars movie, which set the trend for funding entertainment projects through a crowd-funding website.
Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas was able to raise a little more than $5.7 million before closing the project’s virtual doors earlier this month. Both films were seeking a $2 million goal.
The efforts have not been without criticism. With thousands of eager filmmakers trying (and failing) to reach their funding goals, there is a growing animosity in the indie community among those who would use celebrity to fund projects.
In recent comments to BuzzFeed, Braff wasn’t that concerned about it. “The people who would say, ‘F*** him, he should pay for it himself,’ I don’t expect those people to be the supporters of this project … It’s not a scam. If I wanted to make dough, I’d go back and be on another TV show,” Braff said.
Here’s a promo for the now-funded flick:
Are you glad the Zach Braff Kickstarter project has achieved funding? Will you be donating or waiting for the release date?