Documentary Honoring 'Spartacus: Blood & Sand' Star Nearing Full Kickstarter Funding
Spartacus finally fell valiantly in his last battle. The filmmaker who was a part of his last months has taken up the sword.
She wants fans to win this one for the late Andy Whitfield, E! Online reports.
The former star of Starz' "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" was followed by Oscar-director Lilibet Foster during his final months before Whitfield succumbed to non-Hodgkins lymphoma this past September. With the narration of Whitfield's "Spartacus" co-star Jai Courtney, the feature documentary "Be Here Now" honors Whitfield truly living his last days as the cancer consumed him - decorating his last Christmas tree, playing with his and wife Vashti's two children, but also seeking a way to hang on until his very last breath through both chemotherapy and alternative treatments.
Still, the work isn't yet done. To complete the documentary, Foster has turned to the well-demonstrated power of Kickstarter to let the people who really want to see "Be Here Now" finished have a hand in carrying it the last mile. There's a remaining $200,000 tab to finish the film. The producers posted on the campaign's page footage of an emotionally wrenched Whitfield explaining why he feels the film is a matter of fate. taking his hand.
"In my heart, I am convinced that this is all meant to be," Whitfield says. "I'm supposed to be her right now and I'm open to the journey and the discoveries and adventures of all of this. Be Here Now is all about being present and not fearing what you don't know."
The campaign has, to date, built up 1,390 backers pledging a combined $74,588 with 40 days remaining to fully fund the film's completion. Offered rewards for pledges range from the "deepest gratitude" of the producers for helping complete Whitfield's final work, to gracious personal e-mails from Foster herself, digital copies of the film, a commemorative handmade leather "Be Here Now" cuff, and at the highest pledge level ($10,000 or more) limited-edition candid photos of Whitfield with a dedication from his wife and a plus-one invite to the film's New York or Los Angeles premiere.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand