Every time an indie film director does an interview, it’s inevitable that he or she will bring up something he or she has learned from Woody Allen.
So it was refreshing to hear from Vulture that young Jewish filmmaker Zach Braff pulled a switcheroo, teaching the older Jewish filmmaker a thing or two about how kids these days are raising money to fund their own projects. Braff happens to be an expert on the subject, having raised almost $3 million on Kickstarter for his “Garden State” follow up, “Wish I Was Here.”
It turns out Braff happened to be in a meeting with Allen discussing a future project the same day the “Wish I was Here” campaign launched, Braff said on Sirius XM’s “Unmasked with Ron Bennington.” Then Braff explained the concept of crowd sourcing to a very curious Allen.
“A couple of days ago, his assistant e-mailed me about something, and I said to her, ‘PS: I’ll always remember that I’m the one that explained crowd-funding to Woody Allen,’” says Braff, who worked with Allen previously on “Manhattan Murder Mystery.” ” She wrote back, ‘PS: You explained it too well. He won’t stop talking about it.’”