As we march towards this blog's tenth anniversary, reprising a post a year, there can be only one for 2013. When I wrote this on May 7, 2013 taking Zach Braff to task for using Kickstarter to fund his new movie I received LITERALLY one million hits that day. Talk about going viral. Yikes. Hopefully today I'll get eleven.
NOTE: Later today I will post my account of watching UNDATEABLE LIVE, ironically from Bill Lawrence who also did SCRUBS, which starred you-know-who. It's amazing how this all ties together. Please check back.
Because it defeats the whole purpose of Kickstarter.
The idea – and it’s a great one – is that Kickstarter allows filmmakers
who otherwise would have NO access to Hollywood and NO access to serious
investors to scrounge up enough money to make their movies. Zach
Braff has contacts. Zach Braff has a name. Zach Braff has a track
record. Zach Braff has residuals. He can get in a room with money
people. He is represented by a major talent agency. But the poor
schmoe in Mobile, Alabama or Walla Walla, Washington has none of those
So someone who otherwise might have funded the Mobile kid instead will
toss his coins to Zach Braff because he figures it’s a better bet and he
gets to rub shoulders with show business.
Yes, it might take Zach Braff a year of knocking on doors to get his
money, so now he figures, hey, just show up, sit back, and let the cash
come to me. This is not an option Walla Walla kid has. I’m throwing
my support to those who really NEED it.
Recently, Kickstarter was used to fund a new VERONICA MARS movie. This
is obscene to me. It’s a known television series distributed by a major
studio. Are you a big fan of VERONICA MARS? Want to support it?
Great. Buy ten tickets and see the movie ten times.
If Will Ferrell or Brad Pitt – just to name two random examples – are in an independent film, do they really need a
film festival to get Harvey Weinstein to screen their film? The
chubby nerd from New Jersey who maxed out his credit cards to make a
film about a local convenience store couldn’t. He needed a film
festival. He needed an audience to appreciate his effort before he
could be recognized. And now today’s equivalent of a young Kevin Smith
can’t even get his movie into a festival much less Harvey Weinstein’s
Sundance is a lost cause. But Kickstarter isn’t. Not if we put a stop
to this now. If you only have so much money to give to charity, give
it to cancer research and not to help redecorate Beyonce’s plane.
Support young hungry filmmakers. The next Kevin Smith is out there…
somewhere. He (or she) just needs a break, which is what Kickstarter is
supposed to provide. Zach Braff can find his money elsewhere. He did
once before. He’ll make his movie. And if it’s half as good as
GARDEN STATE I will praise it to the heavens in this blog and urge you
to go spend your money to check it out.
When I used to broadcast for the Orioles one of my partners was the
legendary Chuck Thompson. Most of our games were at night. Chuck was
an avid golfer. He played the public courses and only on weekdays. He
used to say the weekends were for the “working man.” Chuck could play
any day he wanted, they could only play on Saturday and Sunday so he didn’t want to take one of their starting times. It’s a great way to live by.
Kickstarter is for the “working man,” Zach. And VERONICA. And (soon) Harvey.