Zach Braff defends Kickstarter project

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 October 2014
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Zach Braff has rebuffed criticism of his Kiskstarter project, saying that much of it was "unfair and uninformed"

Zach Braff has hit back at criticism of his Kiskstarter project.

The multimillionaire actor and filmmaker - who is best known for playing the character of Dr. John Dorian on US sitcom 'Scrubs' - felt his the response to his use of the crowdfunding platform to support 'Wish I Was Here' was "unfair and uninformed".

Braff, 39, told Screen Daily: "I was completely taken aback by the criticism."

He continued: "I was expecting a conversation because it's a fascinating and new model. But I felt that a lot of the criticism was unfair and uninformed.

"It was frustrating having the debate with people who didn't have all the analytics and facts. I knew that we were driving new people to Kickstarter who then invested in other projects, for example.

"The onus was on me to explain why someone like me couldn't get a film made in the traditional way."

Braff added that he won't be using Kickstarter to fund another of his film projects.

He explained: "This was always meant to be a really fun art experiment."

'Wish I Was Here' was based on a script Zach wrote with his brother Adam Braff and was made after the funding goal of $2 million was reached in just three days.

Wish I Was Here

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • Directed by: Zach Braff
  • Cast: Zach Braff, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon
  • UK release: 19 September 2014

Aidan (Braff), an unemployed actor, shuffles around Santa Monica between dying father Gabe (Patinkin), shiftless brother Noah (Gad) and frustrated wife Sarah (Hudson). Writer/director Braff's follow-up to Garden State lacks that film's self-aware humility, and despite a realistic milieu of school fees and expensive…

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