Spartacus: Whitfield’s final days documentary needs YOUR helpPosted 3:15 pm on Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Laura Sirikulvadhana
Andy Whitfield, star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 39 and lost the battle 18 months later.
He was first diagnosed after season one of Starz’s Spartacus had finished and went into treatment. The results showed the cancer was in remission, until he went back to prepare for season two. The cancer had come back and he was told he had a 25% chance of survival. After the news, Whitfield and his wife, Vashti, got matching Be Here Now tattoos as promise that “they would take the healing into their own hands” and a reminder to always be in the present.
This film not only highlights Whitfield’s inspirational fight with cancer, it documents the loving bond between Whitfield and Vashti and their children. It also documents Vashti and their children’s life after his passing. According to the website, Be Here Now is more than just a person fighting cancer – it is a life lesson for everyone to be in the present – to live here and now – despite the potential outcome.
In order for this documentary to come to life, the filmmaker and producers need your help. To remain independent and film Whitfield’s life the way he wanted it to be seen, they need your help. Be Here Now’s team has set up a donation page through Kickstarter – donations that could start as little as $1. Depending on the size of the contribution, fans will receive different packages including inspirational Be Here Now leather cuff custom made by BedStu.com, collector’s items from “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” limited edition photographs from Andy’s personal collection, special acknowledgement on the website, and a personal phone call and autographed photograph with Jai Courtney, who played Spartacus’s best friend Varro. Overall, those who contribute would be fulfilling Andy Whitfield’s dream to help and inspire others.
In order for Be Here Now to receive the funds from Kickstarter, they must reach their goal of $200,000 by July 23rd, 2012. Every little bit helps. Please help support Andy Whitfield’s legacy to live on.
Below is the trailer for the documentary with an introduction from Jai Courtney. To make a contribution, please go here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/426354716/be-here-now-the-andy-whitfield-story
Watch the trailer here:
Trekkie. Jedi. Whovian. Sherlockian. Hobbit. Sanrio. Comics. I am Spartacus. Warrior Princess. Superhero. Nerd.