Wish I Was Here is the film that Zach Braff (Garden State, Scrubs) funded via the medium of Kickstarter. There was lots of huffing and puffing about a celeb using crowd funding to make a movie, but what the hey. It got funded, it got made and it will be showing at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Wish I Was Here” is the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband who at 35, is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them. The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.
Braff directs as well as stars in the film. Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, Ashley Greene and Joey King also star.
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