Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Scores at Sundance

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Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded film, has been picked up for distribution at the Sundance Film Festival. THR has reported that Braff’s follow-up to Garden State was picked up by Focus Features for around $2.75 million. Not a bad deal for Braff, considering the fact that Focus has signed on for a theatrical commitment of about 600 theatres, with some international territories included.

The dramedy, starring Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad, tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling 35-year-old actor, father and husband, who is trying to find himself. He decides to home school his two children when his father, who is suffering from an illness, can no longer afford to pay for private education. Of course, as Aidan teaches his own children about life, he gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

The film premiered on Saturday to mostly positive reviews. Focus Features is said to have beaten out CBS Film and Lionsgate during an auction that was conducted by CAA and Wild Bunch.

Said Zach Braff: “I am very excited to be partnering with Focus Features as they are one of the biggest supporters of independent film in the business. This is the perfect collaboration for us as they recognise and appreciate how unique our journey has been to get this film made.”

Wish I Was Here was the first film from a major star to be funded by Kickstarter. Braff’s Kickstarter campaign had a goal of $2 million. With donations from 46,520 people, his new film raised $3.1 million towards its budget.

Source: THR

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