New Zach Braff and Spike Lee films have some wondering why the rich and famous turn to crowd-funding websites like KickstarterCrowd-funding sites have helped pay fora new video game console, a customizable watch and a copy of Lionel Richie’s head, bringing the dreams of many creative individuals to life. They have also become a resource for creative-types who do not fit the struggling artist mold. Actor and director Zach Braff and the film-makers behind Veronica Mars raised more than $2m for their respective projects this year. Last Saturday, Spike Lee reached his $1.25m goal to fund a new film. Their success has rankled those who believe it is unfair for celebrities who already have the backing of major studios to ask fans to pay for their projects. Kickstarter, the more popular crowd-funding site for celebrities, said its job is to bring creative projects to life and that these high-profile funding requests bring people to the site, which helps smaller projects. “The Veronica Mars and Zach Braff projects offered backers tickets to the premiere, cameos in the movie, access to the creative process, and other experiences in exchange for pledges,” Kickstarter said in a May 2013 blog post. “Fans were thrilled, …read more

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