Panic! Vs Queen.
Wednesday Music: Alvvays - Adult Diversion
Tuesday Music: St Lucia - Wait For Love(Buzzsession)
Circa Survive & St. Lucia are both coming to Indy this fall. Guess I’ll be broke a little longer.
By the time Braff decided to Kickstart some funds for his second movie he had become a rich media guy. When Garden State came out he was scrappy, but in 2013 he was the kind of entrenched figure against whom the scrappy guy scraps. And in the years since Garden State our tastes in indie cinema had changed a bit. They had become a bit more sophisticated (if still susceptible to bald-faced emotional manipulation). When Braff showed up with the same kind of fucking twee whimsy he had a decade ago, and then asked people to help pay for it… well, this is how backlashes are born.
What Zach Braff makes is essentially whitesploitation films, movies aimed directly at the suburban lizard brains of slightly disaffected honkies who will never know true trouble, just the nagging sense that things should be easier for them than they already are. And in the decade since Garden State we’ve kind of outgrown that. We’ve started calling this stuff ‘White People Problems’ and ‘First World Problems,’ and we’ve realized it’s pretty fucking gauche to go on and on about them. Sure, you can still make these movies (and Fox Searchlight might even distribute them for you), but we all understand that they’re $14 million faux-indies that are guaranteed a nice placement at Sundance and that let actors feel okay about taking big paychecks for superhero movies. And we all understand that you pay for these things the way movies are always paid for, not using the funding model for people who are outside of the system, people who face actual adversity when trying to get their vision accomplished. People who, basically, don’t have nine seasons of sitcom royalties.
Braff’s further sin was that he admitted he didn’t even need the money (and not personally. No one should ever self-finance a movie, no matter what their residual checks look like). He could get his movie made in the standard system - he just couldn’t get it made the way he wanted to get it made. So he needed you, his Shins-bumping fanbase, to help him out. Zach Braff basically didn’t want to take notes from a studio, and he asked other people to put up the money so he didn’t have to take those notes. Martin Scorsese works within this system, but not Zach Braff.
I pledged $200 for his kickstarter and although he won’t do another kickstarter, I would do it again if I could.
Twin Forks -El Scorcho