Way back in 2012 we found out about a documentary that was seeking funding via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The documentary, titled Be Here Now, follows Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield, along with his wife Vashti Whitfield and their children, as he battled cancer…a battle he would sadly lose. But while Whitfield is no longer with us he can still inspire many with this movie, which also tells a story of living your life to the fullest and taking advantage of each new day you have instead of fearing what tomorrow might hold.
Now, almost four years later, Be Here Now will be getting a release soon. You can find much more info on the film as well as check out an official trailer below.
About the Film
An inspiring love story between television superstar, Andy Whitfield, of “Spartacus” fame and his charismatic wife, Vashti, who together take on the most heroic role he’s ever had to play. With matching ‘Be Here Now’ tattoos on their forearms, they go on a quest to heal Andy from a cancer diagnosis – by embracing life, rather than fear. They bravely allowed Academy® Award Nominated filmmaker, Lilibet Foster, to follow their dramatic and intimate roller coaster, in the hopes that by sharing their journey, they may help inspire others with challenges and dreams. And, it’s their determination, courage, healthy dose of humor and love, that shows us that the journey is more important than the destination. Funded by the 3rd most successful documentary campaign on Kickstarter, the filmmakers, producer, Sam Maydew, who brought everyone together, and director Lilibet Foster, are releasing the film through Be Here Now Productions, beginning this Spring.
As though life is imitating art, actor and sex symbol, Andy Whitfield, had just achieved his dream of becoming a star as the tragic-hero of the hit series, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” when he is faced with his biggest personal challenge. Before now, Andy and his charismatic wife, Vashti, combined their will-power to make their dreams become reality, including Andy’s transformation from an engineer into a successful actor. Now, they set their sights on beating cancer, by making a promise confirmed in matching “˜Be Here Now’ tattoos, to embrace life rather than live in fear.
They allowed filmmaker, Lilibet Foster, to follow them throughout their dramatic and life-affirming journey, in this love story that unfolds over their quest to find a cure, in the hopes that by sharing it, they might help inspire others faced with challenges and who have goals and dreams. Shot in a verite style in Australia, New Zealand, India and the US, it is their powerful determination, remarkable openness, irrepresible humor and love that makes the film an intimate and inspiring life-lesson about having the courage to face challenges and take advantage of every day – regardless of the outcome. It also reveals how close, yet so far, we are from finding a cure for this disease, which touches all of our lives.
Ultimately, “Be Here Now” (The Andy Whitfield Story) is a life-affirming love story about aiming for the skies, yet appreciating and embracing what is right before us. This film is for anyone who has ever faced a challenge or had a dream. Their inspiring journey is an example for us all to both manifest our own destiny, yet remember to Be Here Now.
Be Here Now will be released in select theaters on April 8th. More info can be found below the trailer.
Coming to Theaters Starting April 8th. Visit http://www.beherenowfilm.com/ to join screenings and bring the film to YOUR theater. An inspiring love story between strapping actor, Andy Whitfield, of television’s “Spartacus” fame and his charismatic wife on their quest to heal Andy from a cancer diagnosis, which reminds the audience that the journey is more important than the destination.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support and encouragement. We are excited for you to see Andy and Vashti’s inspiring love story and share it with your friends, family, on the next chapter of this incredible journey.