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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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