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ZACH BRAFF has distinguished himself from his contemporaries -- not only as an actor, but as a writer and director. With his feature writing and directorial debut, GARDEN STATE, Braff revealed himself as a multi-talented filmmaker via all three capacities -- acting, writing and directing. Garnering numerous awards, Braff received a coveted WGA nomination for "Best Original Screenplay," an Independent Spirit Award for "Best First Feature" as well as a nomination for "Best First Screenplay." In addition, Braff was awarded "Best Directorial Debut" by the National Board of Review, "Breakthrough Director" by the Hollywood Film Festival and "Most Promising Filmmaker" by the Chicago Film Critics Association. With his hand-picked soundtrack including songs by Simon and Garfunkel, Coldplay and Frou Frou, Braff also won a Grammy for "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, TV or Other Visual Media." The soundtrack sold over a million copies.
Recently, Braff made headlines again by launching a Kickstarter program to crowdfund WISH I WAS HERE, the follow-up to his first feature. Reaching his $2 Million budgetary goal in a mere five days, Braff's project continued to raise funding well past its goal through gaining 35,000 backers while simultaneously redefining how movies get funded and made in the modern age.
As an actor, Braff was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award and a 2005, 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Dr. John "J.D." Dorian in NBC's comedy Scrubs. His filmography includes roles in THE LAST KISS, THE EX, THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB, GETTING TO KNOW YOU and MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY in which he plays Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's son. Last Spring, Braff was featured in Tribeca Films' THE HIGH COST OF LIVING for director Deborah Chow. The drama revolves around a man and woman who meet after a tragic accident.
Braff's stage experience includes the Second Stage Theatre's production of Trust in 2010 and in the summer of 2011, his first original play ALL NEW PEOPLE debuted at The Second Stage Theatre. He was also seen in New York City's Public Theater productions of Twelfth Night and Macbeth with Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett.
A native of New Jersey and graduate of Northwestern University's film program, Braff studied theater acting while writing and directing his own short films.
“The event was a huge success and we had a packed house! Zach was personable, excited and very easy to work with. He stuck around and signed autographs for my student leaders and made sure he met with all of them. The discussion was fun, insightful and entertaining. I would highly recommend Zach to other universities... they will not be disappointed!”
“You were fantastic! You helped make the night an incredible celebration of our work. The crowd loved your personality and flare, which brought the show together and helped create a connected and positive experience for the alumni and supporters of Birthright Israel. It was an amazing event that our community will remember for years to come. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us. Many thanks for being a huge part of our successful event.”