Zach Braff Reacts to Kickstarter Backlash


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In late April, Zach Braff, the voice of Chicken Little himself, launched a Kickstarter for a movie, “Wish I Was Here,” with a $2 million asking price. The campaign still has 11 days to go and has hit the $2.5 million mark at this point, but along the way it has drawn venomous ire from all across the Internet.

The gist of the attacks is: “Hey, you’re a big famous movie star. Why do you need your money to make a film when tons of non-celebrities do stuff on the cheap? Don’t you have $2 million in change between couch cushions in that ‘cozy barn floating above the city’ you own in New York?”

Presumptions about Braff’s bank accounts aside, people have been feeling it’s a misuse of the crowdsourcing platform, and they’ve been extremely vocal about it. So much so, Kickstarter posted a blog clarifying its mission statement of “helping bring creative projects to life” and that campaigns like Braff’s have enticed tons of people to invest who have never have on Kickstarter before.

Braff himself has also reacted, speaking to the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary “Kickstarted.” Braff explains he was inspired by a bike-lights Kickstarter he invested in, and how he started receiving updates from the people behind the product on how progress was going and how the money was being used. He thought the same could be done for filmmaking and for fans of his who don’t understand how movies get made: “It could be win-win: I could finance the film with money… [and] a year and a half’s worth of content for my fanbase could be really cool.”

That content would be things like emails, behind-the-scenes updates, and little impromptu shorts just for his fans.

“I think some of the head-scratching and the people being vitriolic who are detractors [just comes from how sudden this Kickstarter popped up,” explains Braff. “But those of us involved in social media, and we’re very web-savvy, had to see that this was coming.”

Braff then also clarifies that “Wish I Was Here” has been incorrectly reported as being a “Garden State” sequel, which is slightly confusing because Braff’s Kickstarter itself says this will be a “follow up to ‘Garden State.’” Huh?

Anyway, Braff said that the Kickstarter money won’t be financing the film exclusively. “It’s merely one aspect of the budget,” he says. Additionally, he’ll be putting in an “ass-ton of my own money.”

If this has piqued your interest, and you wish to help Braff pluck some more clouds from the sky as he chases his dreams, hop over here.

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Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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