I won’t give Zach Braff one dime

And here we have it, Ken Levine’s viral sensation, the hottest rant on the interwebs right now.

Oh, wait, we take it back. Ken’s been replaced by the ENDER’S GAME trailer.

But this is better:

by Ken Levine

Zach Braff is trying to raise money on Kickstarter to fund a movie he wants to make. Zach Braff is a good actor and a fine filmmaker. GARDEN STATE was a terrific movie. But I wouldn’t give him a dime.

Why?

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 taent agency. But the poor schmoe in Mobile, Alabama or Walla Walla, Washington has none of those advantages.

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.

This is what Hollywood does, dear reader. It sees an opportunity for exploitation and takes it. The Sundance Film Festival is another prime example. At one time it showcased modest little movies by unknown filmmakers. Kevin Smith made CLERKS – a grimy black and white film starring all unknowns. The result was discovered talent. Now look at the festival. Every entry features major Hollywood stars. During the festival they all descend upon Park City, along with Harvey Weinstein, reps from every major studio, and a thousand CAA and William Morris agents. Any hint of the original purpose of the film festival has long since vanished.

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2 thoughts on “I won’t give Zach Braff one dime

  1. Peter says:

    Disagree.

    >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.

    Kickstarter is for anyone to support anyone.

    Being angry at rich people is lame.

    • LB says:

      I have nothing against rich people. Some of my best friends are rich. My children are rich. But face it, being angry at rich people is fun. And being angry at poor people, well, where’s the joy in that?

      A struggling art student who goes to Kickstarter to finance his/her dream video is going to get my sympathy, not my ire. But a TV star who says he needs MY money to make his movie? C’mon.

      What I think is happening here is that Zach is getting crap because he’s the latest in a long line of Big Media Heroes wanting to put his hand into viewers’ pockets instead of going back to his usual trough. TVWriter™ has carried articles about many of their Kickstarter expeditions.

      The guy I respect the most in terms of putting his money where his mouth is, is Joss Whedon, who pays for his lovejects out of his own wallet. Even before THE AVENGERS, he self-financed SERENITY. Dood’s a mench, you know?

      Hey, am I really defending something I didn’t write? (This post.) Oh, God, now everybody’ll know why being a producer drove me insane.

      LYMI,

      LB

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