I feel like I'm in the minority when I say I kinda like Zach Braff. Though I've never seen an episode of Scrubs, for which he was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, I like that he seems to take risks in choosing his projects and doesn't follow a specific format. I also really enjoyed his introspective directorial debut, Garden State, which was released ten years ago. Judging by the trailer for his newest directorial effort, WISH I WAS HERE, it looks like the actor is still searching for meaning out of life, at least in film.
You may recall that this is the same film that was shown at Sundance after Braff's kickstarter campaign was was met with disdain from everyone from online critics to none other than James Franco himself. Oh, the irony. In any case, Focus Features is distributing the film with a July 18th release in New York and Los Angeles, and it will expand July 25th and August 1st.
WISH I WAS HERE, which was also co-written by Zach and his brother Adam Braff, tells the story of a thirty-something man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family. The trailer is a rather curious clip that teases the story mostly by way of an interesting montage of scenes from the film, tying in nicely to the beat of "Simple Song" by The Shins. You'll also notice Kate Hudson is in the clip (which, if you're like me, you may see as a detriment), and Mandy Patinkin.
It looks very Zach Braff meets Sofia Coppola, whose directing styles are really starting to meld together for me. Check it out: