Yesterday, it was announced that Zack Braff had raised over $1.5 Million (USD) on Kickstarter to fund his new film “Wish I Was Here”. His 24,000 backers (as of this writing) are no doubt fans of Braff’s 2004 indie directorial debut, “Garden State”, which was well-received at the time by critics.
Braff explained that he went against signing a financing deal with studios/investors because it would have meant compromises to his vision of the film. He also noted that he was inspired by Rob Thomas’ record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to fund a “Veronica Mars” movie.
Crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo are becoming the preferred channels for independent filmmakers to realize their projects. It’s reassuring to see that big name Hollywood talent are also following this trend – one that allows them to assume creative control and make film that preserves its original artistic integrity. The future of our filmmaking students is bright.
– Chris Ng, Executive Director