In 2004 Zach Braff made his directional debut with “Garden State”, a movie which made $35.8US million worldwide and the box office and won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media’ which sold 1.3 copies and was certified platinum- notably featuring The Shins.
12 years down the line and Zach Braff is taking on his second go at directing with his Kickstarter-funded indie flick “Wish I Was Here” starring Joey King, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad and Ashley Greene.
The trailer doesn’t give too much away about the plot, instead showing a kaleidoscope of beautiful imagery with shots of the desert, ocean, laughing, screaming, and crying, along with a couple notable shots of what look like Braff running in a space suit with a flying robot, and only two lines are said:
“You can pick any one you want”
“Any one, just as long as it’s unique, and amazing, like you”
“This is it!”
The plot is as follows:
“Wish I Was Here” is the story of Aidan Bloom (played by me), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for 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.
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.
No Australian release date yet, however Wish I Was Here is due out in the US on 18 July, 2014.