Should Kickstarter Help Those that (Probably) Don’t Need It?

Sorry about the odd spacing issues.  I have been working with an app that publishes to WordPress called Metropolis, which seems to be doing funky things with my spacing.

There has been much in the news recently about Zach Braff financing his latest film, “Wish I Was Here” through Kickstarter.  This is an issue that’s close to my heart because I have been a huge advocate of any means for artists to finance their dreams and aspirations.

That being said, there’s a caveat, which is that if  you have the means to pay for whatever it is that you’re trying to do, then perhaps you should do it, and leave Kickstarter to those would be unable to do so without it.

For instance, prior to Braff’s effort there was the Veronica Mars feature project, as well as a Kickstarter with David Fincher (the director of “Fight Club,” “The Game,” the Americanized version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” among many others) in which he was attempting to finance a demo reel of a film version of Eric Powell’s “The Goon.”

The problem with this is that I am confident that David Fincher has the means and connections to do it himself if he felt the need.

So why is he working with Kickstarter?  It could be that’s he’s trying to gauge interest in the project.  So, if it manages to attract a lot of contributions, that would imply that there would be interest in a film as well.

The only problem with that theory is that Fincher is an A-list director, which means that if he really wanted a few million to prepare a demo reel he could probably get it.

In my mind Kickstarter is for artists that could under no circumstances get the money to finance their projects themselves.  In other words, if you have the means to pay for your film, album, book or whatever, then you need to do so.

And leave Kickstarter for all the struggling creative types that need it.

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