By Annie Reuter
Ten years after Garden State hit theaters (and the Shins changed all of our lives), director/actor Zach Braff is preparing his follow-up film, Wish I Was Here, which like his directorial debut will contain a bevy of indie rock songs.
“It wasn’t ready yet for [Sundance],” Braff said of the Cat Power track. “It’s the title song of the movie. It’s one of the most amazing songs ever.”
Braff used Kickstarter to fund his second film and raised over $3 million for the project, which tells the story of Aidan Bloom (played by Braff), who is a struggling actor, father and husband and who, at 35, is still trying to find the purpose of 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,” Braff writes on Kickstarter. “When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 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.”
Wish I Was Here premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is set to debut in New York and Los Angeles on July 18 before opening in additional cities on July 25.