(Photo Above: Andy Whitfield & His Family) Because JakeWheat.com donated to fund the film, we receive updates on the status of the progress of the fund raising, and THEY HAVE MET THEIR GOAL of $230,366!! People are donating to help further the cause, and more donations are needed! This is an email we received today from Lilibet Foster (Filmmaker):
Thank you to everyone for your continued support and for sharing our kickstarter campaign for “Be Here Now” The Andy Whitfield Story, with others. We are truly humbled and honored to have you all join us in the making of this inspiring documentary.
We have been asked if people may still pledge to the project even if we reach our goal, until July 23. The answer is yes and we hope so. We set our goal as a conservative amount just to complete filming and edit the film because we wanted to make a humble approach to asking the public, fans and our supporters for help.
Anything that we raise over that will go towards helping us fulfill our goal of distributing and marketing the documentary as widely as possible, internationally. This will include not only helping us get into high profile film festivals and worldwide distribution channels that include television, home video and hopefully movie theaters, but also making it available for cancer related organizations and groups around the world, to fulfill Andy’s wishes to inspire and help others to live in the here and now, while pushing to accelerate the pace of cancer research.
Thank you again for the amazing support you are showing us. We cannot do it without you.
If you haven’t already, please dontate to help the film so that Andy Whitfield’s legacy can live on and help others through this inspirational film, which tragically documents his fight with Non-Hodkin’s Lymphoma and his untimely passing. I still miss you Andrew, you fans love you.
The Documentary Promo on YouTube:
Jake A. Wheat
“Be Here Now” is an inspiring feature documentary and love story, about the overnight sensation, actor and international sex symbol Andy Whitfield, who put the same determination and dedication that he brought to his lead role in the hit television show, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” into fighting life threatening cancer.
This is Andy’s story, but it also about having the courage to make your dreams come true, tackling your fears and living in the present, despite the potential outcome. This film is for anyone who has ever faced a challenge in their lives.
Andy Whitfield, in the prime of his life, had just realized his dream of becoming an international star, when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Before now, he and his eloquent and charismatic wife, Vashti, had combined their will power to make every success in their lives happen, including Andy’s transformation from an engineer into an actor and sex symbol. Overwhelmed when they heard that the best medical treatment the world had to offer would only give him a 25% chance for survival, they set their sites on beating cancer by making a promise in matching “Be Here Now” tattoos, to take Andy’s healing into their own hands and live life in the present, not in the shadows, every step of the way.
Not knowing what would happen, Andy invited a camera to follow him throughout his journey as he explores both medical and alternative healing option in Australia, New Zealand and India. This unprecedented access and his openness and honesty gives the audience an intimate look into his personal life, that is rarely shared, especially by a celebrity. It was Andy’s hope that by opening his story up to a documentary, he might help or inspire others facing similar challenges, while pushing to accelerate the pace of cancer research around the world.
What he did not anticipate was that the story would also capture his, and his family’s, determination, love, infectious humor and self-affirming attitudes. And, as everyone goes through their own transformations over the course of the film, “Be Here Now” transcends the subject of cancer and becomes a universal life-lesson about living fearlessly, going for your dreams, embracing each moment and living in the present – despite the potential outcome.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You may now get involved in the making of this inspiring documentary. Led by the Academy Award® Nominated and multiple award winning filmmaker, Lilibet Foster, a camera followed Andy and his family’s unfolding story, for over a year. Andy also filmed personal diaries and took photographs throughout his journey. Together with the support of Sam Maydew, producer, Andy’s manager and principal of talent management and production company, The Collective, who brought everyone together, we have been able to get the documentary to this point.
We now need your help to finish it. The money we raise on Kickstarter will fund the additional filming and editing needed to finish the film. For your contributions, you will not only be rewarded with amazing, limited edition and collector’s item gifts, but you will be helping to make Andy’s wish come true – to help or inspire others – because we plan to distribute the completed film as widely as possible internationally.
Andy gave selflessly by letting a camera follow his personal journey, so let’s give back by helping fulfill the legacy the wanted to leave behind.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY DO NOT REACH THEIR GOAL?
Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. The way it works is that we have to meet our funding goal before the campaign expires – or we don’t get anything.
We can only finish this documentary with your help. You are as much a part of its creation as we are. The more people who participate, the more ability we will have to get Andy’s story out to as many people as possible.
So, help by donating and spreading the word to others. Share this link,“Like” us on Facebook, Twitter it, email this Kickstarter link to your friends, family, supporters, co-workers, fellow fans and anyone else.
Feel free to email Lilibet to ask us questions, get more information, and become involved in the making of Be Here Now on our beherenowfilm.com website: email@example.com
I Miss You Andrew,
Jake A. Wheat
I have been thinking about this for a while, and finally decided to be pro-active and move forward. It’s an act of bravery for me really, and frankly if I am rejected I will be heartbroken. Manu Bennett is one of my – no – he IS my favorite Actor and Spartacus on Starz has been something that I have supported since it’s first episode. I am not a new fan, I was there the night it first aired on the edge of my seat and just awestruck by the show! From there, I got the DVD’s, the Manu Bennett autographed card, and even won a sweepstakes on Starz where they sent me some free Starz stuff.
I order, and wear faithfully my “I love Crixus” T-Shirt, and I even have myself immortalized (as a cartoon bean) wearing the shirt which causes my friends to giggle. I’m not lying, here is the pic of me as a bean wearing my Crixus shirt to prove it!
Yes, I am a DIE HARD Crixus fan, sue me. So, without hesitation, I emailed Starz today and asked them if there would be a way that I could do an email interview with Manu Bennett. I am certain a phone interview would be out of the question, but I have a lot of real questions for the actor that I would like answered. He is a fascinating man, and I want to be able to “virtually” sit down with him and get to know him better.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Do you think Starz should allow Jake Wheat to interview Manu Bennett?
Hopefully Starz will hear my plea, and make this happen! Please everyone cross your fingers!
Make My Wish Come True,
Jake A. Wheat
Yes, in approximately one week (7 days) my birthday is going to be here, and (again) I will be turning 21 years old. Yes, every year I turn (again) 21, and this year is no exception. My real age is between and my Mother, and that is about it…. unless some punk who knows my actual age decides to spill it – upon which I request a plague of locusts to eat off their flesh, or for them to be subjected to bad musical theatre.
Many people around this time of year ask me what my birthday wishes are, and then I have to sit and think “johnny on the spot” about what I want, and it becomes a nightmare. This year I am super prepared to deal with birthday wish requests, which range from the “I am a friend and just want you to be happy,” to “I am buying you something cool.” Here is my list of available birthday wish options:
1. If you are just a friend, who is on a budget (like me) then you don’t want to go shopping at all. Yet, you have a huge heart and wish nothing more than for me to survive yet another year so that I can (again) turn 21. Therefore, my wish for you is to sign up to receive text message notifications from me periodically throughout the year from my website. No, I do not blast them to you every day. I do it very rarely actually, and it’s one of those things where it has to be something of super importance for me to use….. and only I can use it. So, if you want to do something cheap and nice for me – then use the form (in sidebar to your left) to join my text message list. I will NOT give out your info to anyone, and I will not blow up your phone.
2. For those more adventurous folks, I am still gunning for Manu Bennett to “Friend Me” on his personal Facebook page. Alas, this would be one of my ultimate wishes. How would one go about seeing this wish fulfilled?
B. Contact him through his agent, and let them know of my wishes! His agent is here.
C. Invite Manu Bennett to come to my house and have cake & ice cream! Indeed.
3. More adventurous folks may want to spend money on me, and that is super sweet! I am a huge fan of ThinkGeek.com, and so if you wish you can check out my WISHLIST and get me something from there! I always add to it, because if I had a million dollars I would own pretty much one of their entire inventory list. VIEW MY WISHLIST!
4. Word peace & love. Just send me an email and tell me that you love me! If you figure out a way to obtain world peace, then let me know that as well.
5. Last, but not least, donate to help pay for my web server & offset web costs! I use Paypal, and that account is used to pay for web hosting and other web related expenses. You can donate here…. if you wish.
Special thanks to all my friend and fans for their birthday wishes, and for the record please note that either way I love all of you.
Cake Is Fattening, I’ll Have A Birthday Salad,
Jake A. Wheat
Manu Bennett’s costume he wore as Crixus in “Spartacus: Blood & Sand” is on sale on EBay.com for $9,600.00! It includes his choker necklace, and all of the genuine assets which make Crixus…. well, so incredibly fine.
Indeed, now I need to go rob a bank or start making a shitload of meth in my kitchen, because I WANT THIS COSTUME! Does anyone have $10,000.00 that I can have to pick up this one of a kind collectors item? I would clean your house for a century, or perhaps cook all of your meals and cater to your every whim and desire?
The owner obviously has one of the greatest items in the World, and it kills me that the price is so high that I can’t afford it! Geeze. FML. I am not rich enough to get anything quite like this costume, and it breaks my heart because I would sincerely make sure that this costume was taken care of for generations to come. Indeed, I will never be the owner of this wonderful item…. and that makes me want to cry.
The costume comes with the following description:
THE OUTFIT IS GENUINE AND COMES WITH A LETTER FROM WHERE I PURCHASED IT AND THE MAKER OF THE OUTFIT STATING IT’S AUTHENTICITY. THE LETTER HAS THE COMPANY’S NAME , ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER ON THE LETTER. WATCH REVELATION AND SEE THE OUTFIT.
THE OUTFIT ITEMS YOU ARE BIDDING ARE IN PHOTO #2- #3-#4
1. MANU’S LARGE ARM/CHEST WEAR
2. MANU’S NECKLACE (OMG! The choker!)
3. BOTH MANU’S LEG SHIELDS
4. MANU’S ARM CLOTHE/WEAR
5. MANU’S UNDERWEAR
6. MANU’S UNDERWEAR COVERING
7. A SPARRING PAD WHICH WAS USED BY MANY OF THE ACTORS FROM THE SET.
8. PHOTO OF MANU AND SIGNED WEARING THE COSTUME.
THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONLY SERIOUS BIDDERS. YOU ARE BIDDING ON THE MOVIE SET OUTFIT <ORIGINAL COSTUME WHICH WAS USED, WORN BY ACTOR MANU BENNETT IN THE HIT MOVIE SERIES SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND.
THE AUTHENTICITY LETTER IS INCLUDED. THIS COSTUME WAS WORN IN EPISODE “REVELATION-BLOOD AND SAND”.
THE COSTUME DOES NOT INCLUDE THE BELT AND CLOTHE WRAPPINGS BEHIND THE LEG SHEILDS, AND SANDELS/SHOES.
THE COSTUME WILL COME WITH ALL ITEMS ABOVE AND WILL INCLUDE THE LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY THAT IT WAS USED AND WORN IN THE MOVIE BY MANU AND HIS STUNT DOUBLE, GUARANTEEING AUTHENTICITY.
TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS, YES THE COSTUME IS LIGHT/MEDIUM HEAVY. IT HAS WEAR ON IT , DUE TO THE FACT IT WAS USED AND WORN BY THE ACTOR.
THE COSTUME COMES WITH LEG SHIELDS, ARM WRAP MADE OF CLOTH, UNDERWEAR, COVER FOR THE UNDERWEAR, THE NECKLACE, THE LONG CHEST/ARM BANDS, AND AS A BONUS, A SPARRING PAD USED BY MANY OF THE ACTORS FROM THE MOVIE. THE COSTUME DOES HAVE SOME DROPS OF FAKE BLOOD ON IT TOO.
THIS WAS PERSONALLY BOUGHT BY ME VIA PURCHASE IN SEPTEMBER 2011. ALL BIDDERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE TIME RARE ITEM.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS ITEM ON EBAY.COM - and if you decided that you want to buy it for me, I will be forever in your debt!
Wishing I Had $10,000.00 & Sad,
Jake A. Wheat