deadline It’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 thirtysomething 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.
sundance 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.
Just under a year and $3 million and change later, Zach Braff is getting ready to show off his (somewhat controversially) Kickstarted "Wish I Was Here," with the movie recently landing a slot at next month's Sundance Film Festival. And the first few images from the movie are here to show contributors what they paid for.
With his life now throughly changed by The Shins, Braff directs and leads the movie as Aidan Bloom, a 35 year-old a struggling actor, father and husband who can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids. So, he decides to home school them and as you might guess, lives are changed (again).
For his low budget effort, Braff has rounded up a fairly decent supporting cast with Joey King, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad and Ashley Greene all on board. And we'll soon see if lightning can strike twice for Braff in Park City.
*No release date yet for "Wish I Was Here" but more details are likely coming soon.*