THE SELF­S­TARTER

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Zach Braff 31 cred­its

Some­times artists have to cre­ate their own op­por­tu­ni­ties. That’s what Zach Braff did with his “Gar­den State” (2004) fol­lowup, “Wish IWas Here” (2014). The multi-step process started with a Kick­starter cam­paign: Stu­dios were not will­ing to fi­nance Braff ’s vi­sion, but fans were. When he reached his $2 mil­lion goal, the for­mer “Scrubs” star made the movie and cast him­self in the lead role, nat­u­rally.

See also: Rob Thomas, who used Kick­starter to turn his de­light­ful, long-can­celed “Veron­i­caMars” se­ries into a less sat­is­fy­ing movie, and James Franco, who seems set on trans­form­ing all of Wil­liam Faulkner’s best nov­els into mid­dling movies.

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