Please Help Confirmed Rich Person Zach Braff Pay For His New Movie

Zach Braff is a very famous movie and TV star who has a lot more money than any of us. He also wants us to pay for his new movie. Braff launched a Kickstarter campaign today to get a film he wrote and plans to star in, called Wish I Was Here, funded. Wish I Was Here is a sorta-sequel to Braff’s 2004 film Garden State, in that while Garden State chronicles the white whines on a single man in his 20s, Wish I Was Here chronicles the white whines of a married man in his 30s.

Braff says he got the idea to ask for the $2 million to shoot the movie after a similar Kickstarter to fund a Veronica Mars movie raised $5 million. Now, much hubbub has been raised over the seeming rise in popularity of funding movies on Kickstarter and after the Veronica Mars page was posted, Richard Lawson of The Atlantic Wire offered his opinion:

Most of these campaigns aren’t people who need the money, they’re people who just want it. The same could be said for lots of actual charities, sure — if you boil the word “need” down enough, nothing but food, water, and air is left. But here in the bourgie, comfy confines of wealthy Western society, we’re talking about people like the indie musician Amanda Palmer, who raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter to make and distribute a folk album. That’s all. Amanda Palmer, who is married to successful author Neil Gaiman and has been a prominent musician for a decade or so. Handed $1.2 million because she asked for it. People are free to spend their money however they want, but there’s something so unseemly about the asking, isn’t there?

And he’s right, when you bring up starving children, it’s hard to really justify spending money on anything. But there is something particularly awful about professionals who have already risen to the near top of their field asking for handouts as if they can’t get work any other way.

The Veronica Mars movie was one thing, but Zach Braff’s is something completely different. Mars was a little-watched, but much-beloved show that aired on UPN/The CW. While it has rabid fans, no studio was going to fund the movie, especially almost six years after the show’s finale. So if the show’s fans want to donate their spare change in the hopes that a movie will get made and released and be good, that’s their right. However, Braff’s movie already had a backer and he was about to sign a financing deal when he pulled out in order to maintain creative control. What he’s saying is that he wants to shoot a vanity project, in which he controls every aspect and then he wants you to pay for it. Braff wants you to produce his new movie, but you won’t see any part of the profits.

But isn’t that the beauty of capitalism? If you want to spend $20 to help Zach Braff make his movie about a 30-something actor prone to hallucinatory daydreams, then go ahead. Just know that you’ll be spending the same $13 dollars on a ticket to see the thing when it comes out that I will.

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