Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ to open limited July 18th
Braff just sent out the following emailing with details about the film’s platform release.
I have some very exciting news to report today. We and our team from Focus Features have decided upon a US release date for WISH I WAS HERE.
Like Garden State, our movie will be a “platform release”, which means we will start in a few cities, and expand to more and more cities over a couple of weeks. With a “platform release”, we are able to build word of mouth about the movie, which helps build excitement for the film’s release as we widen across the country.
I am so proud to announce that our movie WISH I WAS HERE will be released on July 18th, 2014 in Los Angeles and New York.
The following week, July 25th, we will expand to 20 major cities in the US, and then keep adding more cities across the country until we reach as many of you as we can.
Vincent Pastore will also be joining the cast, in addition to Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe and Lenny Wolpe. Susan Stroman will write and direct. Woody Allen is adapting his screenplay for the stage. The show will star previews in March 2014 at the St James Theater, with an opening of April 10th.
Today this happened. Easy? One thing it is not, is easy. But it never, ever would have happened without my fans. So, as always, thank you for your support and kindness. Full double spinning Eagle with a groin to groin hug.
— What happened today is that a financial company agreed to fill in the gap between what Kickstarter backers have funded and what I have put in, and what the movie will actually cost. Shooting could not happen without this.
But the idea that we should sneer at the project simply because Garden State was some kind of mutually agreed upon, Objectively Bad movie is ridiculous, and those who make that claim say more about themselves than they do about Braff.
As of 5:35 EST: $1,876,363 pledged of $2,000,000 goal.
I was about to sign a typical financing deal in order to get the money to make “Wish I Was Here,” my follow up to “Garden State.” It would have involved making a lot of sacrifices I think would have ultimately hurt the film. I’ve been a backer for several projects on Kickstarter and thought the concept was fascinating and revolutionary for artists and innovators of all kinds. But I didn’t imagine it could work on larger-scale projects. I was wrong.
After I saw the incredible way “Veronica Mars” fans rallied around Kristen Bell and her show’s creator Rob Thomas, I couldn’t help but think (like I’m sure so many other independent filmmakers did) maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn’t involve signing away all your artistic control.
These are the kinds of things I love seeing Kickstarter used for. Between “Garden State” and “Scrubs” and to a lesser degree “Last Kiss” and “High Cost of Living” — I’ve always enjoyed Zach’s work. Seeing how much the *Veronica Mars* Kickstarter has influenced this kind of filmmaking is pretty exciting.