USA TODAY - Call it The Veronica Mars Effect.
Inspired by the former TV series' Kickstarter success, this morning Zach Braff launched his own Kickstarter project for a film he hopes to star in and direct.
"After I saw the incredible way Veronica Mars fans rallied around Kristen Bell and her show's creator Rob Thomas, I couldn't help but think maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control," Braff says.
His film, a dramatic comedy called Wish I Was Here, was co-written by Zach and his brother, Adam. It follows a father/husband/struggling actor in his 30s, and Zach says it serves as a thematic sequel to his acclaimed first feature, Garden State.
In just a few hours, the film has raised more than $250,000. (If you stare at the page a few seconds, you'll see those numbers go up.) Braff persuades us to donate by posting a great pitch video (featuring Jim Parsons, Donald Faison and Chris Hardwick), teasing a cool soundtrack and even revealing a portion of the film will take place at Comic-Con.
Incentives to donate include T-shirts, early access to the soundtrack, advance screenings, signed merch, opportunities to appear in the film and more.
"I promise I'll put everything I have into it, and I won't let you down," Zach says.
The Kickstarter ends May 24. I have a feeling Zach will reach his goal; the question is whether he can top Mars' $5.7 million donation record.
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