Even as Zach Braff was taking heat for asking the public to help finance his next movie, the actor and director was contributing to another Kickstarter campaign -- to help save a historic theater in Northern California.
Braff was among nearly 500 donors who helped raise $65,753 through the Kickstarter crowd-funding site to help the owners of the Rio Theater in the small town of Monte Rio raise enough funds to buy a digital projector. As the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday, many small-town theaters nationwide are holding such fundraisers to survive the transition to digital.
Don and Suzi Schaffert reached their goal of raising a minimum of $60,000 with just days before the May 7 funding deadline, with a key assist from at least one Hollywood celebrity.
"Zach Braff just put us over our goal!" Suzi Schaffert posted in a comment on the crowd-funding site last week. "How appropriate that an actor, writer, director, and producer with his own Kickstarter project just put us over our goal!!!!"