Garden State

Sundance Review: Ten Years Since Zach Braff Brought GARDEN STATE to Sundance, With WISH I WAS HERE, Has Anything Changed?

Sundance Review: Ten Years Since Zach Braff Brought GARDEN STATE to Sundance, With WISH I WAS HERE, Has Anything Changed?

“I want to make more movies like GARDEN STATE. I mean, Woody Allen was my hero. He’s someone who, in his heyday, in the era of his films that I love the most, was making movies that were just taking the social temperature of his group of people in New York City, and I’d like to make more movies like that for people my age.”

—Zach Braff, 2004

A decade has passed since actor-writer-director Zach Braff made the above declaration in an Indiewire interview at the Sundance Film Festival. Despite his idealism, Braff wouldn’t succeed at directing another feature for a full 10 years, but his wish finally reached its completion this past week at the Sundance Film Festival, with the world premiere of WISH I WAS HERE, the widely documented Kickstarter-backed comedy in which he also stars.

Zach Braff Scrubs off a new script

Zach Braff Scrubs off a new script

When he wrote, directed, and starred in the quirkily engaging 2004 film GARDEN STATE, Zach Braff established himself as a triple threat clearly bent on helping hyphens make a big comeback. But apparently what the Scrubs guy really wanted to do was write a play—just write it—and he’s done just that with “All New People,” his new comedy opening at New York’s Second Stage Theatre.