Zach Braff: I Explained Kickstarter to Woody Allen (Audio)

8:19 AM PST 05/23/2013 by Erin Carlson
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The actor, who crowd-funded millions to launch his film project "Wish I Was Here," says the famed director was "riveted" during a discussion about the non-traditional financing platform.

Zach Braff, who launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to get his upcoming film off the ground, says he explained crowd-funding to none other than Woody Allen.

Braff has become an evangelist of sorts for the financing platform, on which he recently raised millions in four days for his passion project Wish I Was Here. The former Scrubs actor will direct and also star in the movie alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Jim Parsons.

In an interview on the SiriusXM show Unmasked, Braff told host Ron Bennington of a recent meeting with Allen that happened when his Kickstarter to create a follow-up to Garden State reached its $2 million goal, generating a ton of media buzz in the process.

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"He's one of my heroes and I met him because we were talking about doing something together and it was the day that this kind of broke -- like, the insane news of this -- and everyone else in the room was like, 'Omigosh, congratulations, it's insane, can't believe it worked, no one thought it would work.' And he clearly didn't know what anyone was talking about," recalled Braff of the famed director.

While getting the low-down on Kickstarter, the auteur -- who's shooting his next feature, a comedy, in France this summer -- became "riveted," said Braff. "And we sat there and talked for about 10 minutes with him asking all these really intelligent questions and having this discourse. And it was awesome and, of course, it was 'Omigod I can't believe I just explained crowd funding to Woody Allen.'"

Quoting Allen's assistant, Braff added: "He won't stop talking about it."

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