‘Wish I Was Here’ is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.
This film is directed by Zach Braff and co-written with Adam J. Braff. The film stars Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Joey King and James Avery in his final film role.
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On April 24, 2013 director Zach Braff launched the Kickstarter campaign for his new upcoming comedy film Wish I Was Here to make $2 million to boost his project, based on his own script co-written with his brother Adam J. Braff. Cinematographer Larry Sher was set as a director of photography and producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher were set to produce the film project. The campaign raised $2 million in 3 days after the project was launched. On 15 May Worldview Entertainment stepped in to gap finance the film project and the Kickstarter project has raised over $2.6 million. On May 24 the campaign ended by Braff with an amount of $3,105,473 funded by 46,520 people.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, 10 years after the premiere of the film Garden State. Focus Features bought the distribution rights for $2.75 million.
Since its opening on January 18, 2014 at Sundance Film Festival it was announced that the comedy will open this summer on July 18, 2014, exclusive in NY and LA. “Wish I Was Here” will then expand its reach on July 25 and again on August 1st.
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