Zach Braff's Kickstarter film Sundance bound

05:00 AM, Dec 18, 2013

Zach Braff's film "Wish I Was Here" has been added to the Sundance Film Festival line-up. Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Zach Braff provoked Twitter-sphere controversy when he sought crowdfunding support for his film Wish I Was Here. But the completed film is headed to the Sundance Film Festival.

Festival organizers said Wish I Was Here will have its world premiere at the festival running Jan 16 - 26 in Park City, Utah. It will not be in competition.

Braff caused a stir this spring when he started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the film. The site had traditionally been used by emerging, struggling artists, while Braff was once one of the highest paid actors on television making a reported $350,000 per episode on the comedy Scrubs.

Braff explained that he didn’t want to seek traditional funding for the follow up to his film Garden State “because it would have involved making a lot of sacrifices I think would have ultimately hurt the film.”

He offered incentives to contributors ($9,000 earned a “visual effect provided by” credit). The campaign closed in May with 46,000 contributors and raised more than $3.1 million.

Braff directed the film and co-wrote it with his brother Adam Braff. It stars Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene and Joey King.

Sundance organizers also announced Tuesday that Kevin Smith’s 1994 film Clerks would be at the festival for a “From the Collection” screening. The film joins the documentary Hoop Dreams in a 20-year retrospective. Both films premiered at the 1994 festival.