Hot Trailer: Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 1:47pm PDT

Zach Braff directed and stars as a 30-something man who finds himself at a major crossroads that forces him to examine his life, career and family. Joey King, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad and Ashley Greene co-star. The Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here sold for $2.75 million … Read More »

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Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Gets July 18 Release Date

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 11:10am PST

zach-braff-directing__131219181810Focus Features will release Wish I Was Here on July 18, 2014 in a platform release in NY and LA before the pic expands the following week and again on August 1. The news was announced via the film’s page Read More »

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Sundance: As ‘Dogfight’ Producer Richard Guay Floats New Crowd-Funding Model, It’s Time To Stop Using Kickstarter And ‘Wish I Was Here’ As A Punching Bag

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608Just days after the domestic rights to the Zach Braff-directed and Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here sold for $2.75 million to Focus Features at the Sundance Film Festival, there’s a new crowd-funding plan making the rounds here in Park City. While his Passion First Funding isn’t up and running yet, Dogfight producer Richard Guay, who has been part of the New York indie scene for years, thinks he’s found a way that people can actually see some financial return for contributing to future projects like Braff’s movie. “It’s going to bring traditional financing and the power of the crowd together,” he told me page1image392today. The idea comes out of aspects of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act that permit general solicitation of accredited investors. The act was intended for startups in general, of which film is but a niche, but in this case people putting money in to a project seeking crowd-funding won’t just be getting a signed poster or set visit but they could actually make their money back as well as profits. Read More »

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

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By Mike Fleming Jr. – Oliver Stone has run smack into the same wall on a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr biopic that director Paul Greengrass hit when Universal kicked his MLK project Memphis to the curb two years back. Read More »

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Sundance: Focus Features Closes Zach Braff-Helmed ‘Wish I Was Here’ For Around $2.75 Million

Mike Fleming

zach-braff-directing__131219181810UPDATED 9:49 PM: Focus has sent out a release about its acquisition of Zach Braff’s pic. Read it below.

PREVIOUS: Focus Features is getting on the board here at Sundance, just closing a distribution rights deal to Wish I Was Here, the film which Zach Braff wrote and directed, and stars as a father struggling to home school his kids. Braff stars with Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Pierce Gagnon and Joey King. The deal is $2.75 million for a theatrical release over 500 screens, and generous P&A to support it. There is also a strong back end.

Related: Zach Braff On ‘Wish I Was Here’ Kickstarter Campaign, His Critics & Industry Change

Interest in this one kick-started right after the film debuted Saturday night at the MARC. It came in as one of the high profile pics at Sundance, by merit of the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign undertaken by Braff and his producers, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg and Adam J. Braff. The film was repped by CAA with Wild Bunch. Kickstarter and Worldview financed the film.

It’s the first major acquisition since Peter Schlessel took over the shingle.

Related: Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Kickstarter Hits $2 Million Goal In 3 Days
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Sundance: Zach Braff On ‘Wish I Was Here’ Kickstarter Campaign, His Critics & Industry Change

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 11:27am PST

14086-1Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608Zach Braff understands critics of his multimillion-dollar Kickstarter campaign for Wish I Was Here, which premieres today at the Sundance Film Festival, but says they’re missing the big picture. “I have money, I’ve made money in my life and I put a great deal of money into this film as it were, but I certainly couldn’t write a check for $5 million to make the film and that’s why I looked to Kickstarter as a way of doing it,” the director and former Scrubs star says. “I understand why people got all upset about it but, when you look at all the data, we drove an insane amount of traffic to the site,” he adds. Weathering a hailstorm of “Why does a rich guy with a sitcom in syndication and lots of famous friends need to hit up the Internet for cash?” critiques, Braff took to the crowdfunding site last spring to raise $2 million for his second directorial feature; in 30 days his comedy-drama about a struggling thirtysomething actor looking for meaning in his life after the death of his father raised $3.1 million towards the $5 million-budgeted pic.

Related: ‘Wish I Was Here’ Kickstarter Hits $2M Goal In 3 Days

That had a digital spillover effect for less high-profile projects, Braff says. “The analytics show what drove [backers] there, be it my Facebook, my Twitter or an article on Deadline, but then you see what they did. They didn’t just go on my site. They spent a fair amount of time pursuing the site for other movies they might want to fund.” Read More »

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Sundance: Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Added To Premieres Lineup

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 11:00am PST

sundance-2014__131210193644__131217201040It’s a long way from Kickstarter to Park City, but that’s where Zach Braff is going next month. The Sundance Film Festival said today that the Braff-directed Wish I Was Here has been added to its Premiere selection. This is the first crowd-funded film picked for a World Premiere in the Sundance section and joins 17 previously announced films in the sidebar for the January 16-26 festival.  The sure-to-attract-attention comedy-drama about a struggling zach braff directingthirtysomething actor seeking meaning in his life and marriage after the death of his father stars Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene and Joey King. The former Scrubs actor co-wrote the screenplay with his brother and raised more than $3.1 million for it in a somewhat controversial Kickstarter campaign this spring. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg produced the pic through their Double Feature Films. Worldview Entertainment stepped in to provide gap financing.

Related: Sundance Premieres & Documentary Premieres 2014 Lineup

Sundance also announced today that Kevin Smith’s Clerks will join the previously announced Hoop Dreams in its Collection “Class of 94” selection. Both films debuted at the festival two decades ago. Read More »

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Ashley Greene In For Anna Kendrick On Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Pic ‘Wish I Was Here’

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 3:35am PDT
Mike Fleming

Ashley Greene has replaced her former Twilight Saga cohort Anna Kendrick in Wish I Was Here, the film Zach Braff is making with a little help from a Kickstarter funding campaign. She joins … Read More »

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Zach Braff Ends $3+M Kickstarter Campaign

By | Friday May 24, 2013 @ 3:21pm PDT

After 30 days and several big name castings, Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here Kickstarter campaign ended today up $1 million over its initial ask. The final result was just over $3.1 million.  When it launched … Read More »

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Kate Hudson Joins Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Movie ‘Wish I Was Here’

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 11:43am PDT

Kate Hudson has been cast as Zach Braff‘s wife in Wish I Was Here, the indie film Braff will direct that landed funding via Kickstarter in a campaign that surpassed its $2M fundraising goal in three days. Braff wrote the script with his brother Adam. It centers on Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband who at 35 is still trying to find his identity and a purpose for his life. He and his wife (Hudson) 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. Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad have already joined the cast. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg are producing the pic through their Double Feature Films. Read More »

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Mandy Patinkin Joins Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Pic ‘Wish I Was Here’

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 1:10pm PDT

Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin has signed on to Zach Braff’s Kickstarter pic Wish I Was Here. Braff announced the casting today on the film’s Kickstarter page where the film surpassed its initial $2 million goal in just four days. Braff directs and stars in the film which is based on an original screenplay he wrote with his brother, Adam Braff. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Django Unchained, Contagion, Garden State, Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction) are producing through their company Double Feature Films. Wish I Was Here tells the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband who at 35, is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He 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. Patinkin will play Braff’s character’s father. His feature film credits include Yentl, The Princess Bride, Everybody’s Hero, Pinero, Lulu On The Bridge, Ragtime and Dick Tracy. Patinkin is repped by ICM Partners. Read More »

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“Who Is Kickstarter For?”: Crowdfunding Site’s Founders Go On The Offensive

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 9:34pm PDT

A day after video surfaced of Zach Braff discussing why he loves Kickstarter and used it to finance his next project, the founders of the crowdfunding site posted a missive whose title asked a … Read More »

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UPDATE: Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Kickstarter Hits $2 Million Goal In 3 Days

By | Saturday April 27, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

3RD UPDATE, SATURDAY: Reaching $2M today Zach Braff just scored the second major Kickstarter success in recent months, with 26 days to go.

2ND UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: The prognosticators who’ve been telling me that Kickstarter is a game-changing enterprise for movies, are proving to be so Kreskin-like, I will next challenge them to bend spoons with their brains (dated reference). Just a couple days into his attempt to raise $2 million to finance his film Wish I Was Here, Braff is already up to $1,766,130 and counting, from 25,245 people who’ve committed cash for a variety of tchotchkes. The game plan was to use Kickstarter funding, and foreign sales, to raise the $5 million needed to make the movie. Braff, producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg planned to work practically free, upfront. At this rate, Braff will reach his funding goal by the weekend. And with 28 days to go, they’ll likely wind up with enough dough to fund the whole movie without making pre-sales, and maybe enough to pay participants a little bit. This is startling, that so many people are betting on a filmmaker, and not donating because they just want to see a movie version of a favorite TV show like Veronica Mars.
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ABC Buys Zach Braff Ensemble Comedy

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 3:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Zach Braff Garage Bar Series ABCEXCLUSIVE: Scrubs star Zach Braff is returning to the single-camera comedy series arena, this time as a writer-director. After fielding interest from multiple networks, half-hour Garage Bar, from Braff and 20th Century Fox … Read More »

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Zach Braff Takes His Play ‘All New People’ To UK — This Time He’ll Star In It

By | Monday November 28, 2011 @ 11:59am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Zach Braff, whose play All New People premiered last summer at The Second Stage Theatre in New York, is bringing the comedy for a 10-week run at London’s Duke of York Theatre starting February 22. This time, Braff will … Read More »

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Zach Braff Joins ‘Oz: The Great & Powerful’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Zach Braff is in final talks to join Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, the Sam Raimi-directed film for Disney. Braff will play the role of Frank, the loyal but under-appreciated assistant to Oz (James Franco), a charismatic circus … Read More »

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Tribeca Doubling Annual Output To 26 Films

By | Monday February 28, 2011 @ 8:14am PST

New York, NY February 28, 2011 – Tribeca Enterprises today announced that Tribeca Film will expand to commercially release 26 films over the next year, more than double the number of titles released in 2010. The comprehensive distribution label for independent film also announced that it acquired U.S. rights to nine new titles to be released across multiple platforms. The curated selection of films includes many genres and features stars including Zach Braff, Vincent Gallo and Zoe Kravitz and filmmakers such as Peter Mullan, Jerzy Skolimowski and Vincent D’Onofrio.

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Zach Braff Signs With Management 360

By | Friday February 11, 2011 @ 5:26pm PST
Mike Fleming

Zach Braff has signed with Management 360. Braff, who continues to be repped by CAA, most recently rewrote to direct Swingles, the comedy that is produced by Brad Weston and Kevin Misher that seems poised to come out of Paramount. … Read More »

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