The Lioness and the Butterfly - Vashti standing in front of Andy’s “Be Here Now” mural in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California


Hello all!

Via the “Be Here Now” film Facebook page:

"Dear all -

It is time for another update. This is our 58th update message.

We are really excited to report that we are almost finished with the film. We are looking forward to doing the finishing steps of color correcting and mixing which will take us to October - and then planning the distribution of the film.

As always, we will keep you updated on our progress and we always post our updates on our social media so be sure to follow us on Facebook/ Twitter/ Tumblr/ Pinterest/ YouTube and join our emailing list on beherenowfilm.com

(If you are a Kickstarter backer and you have not been getting our updates - we recommend you make sure they are not going into your spam folder and enable kickstarter in your email account and join our mailing list on beherenowfilm.com)

Thank you again,

The Be Here Now Team”

BHN

Hello friends!

As you are well aware, the saga of Spartacus has come to an end - a saga that began with Our Champion Andy. Here are three behind-the-scenes photos of Andy from the production of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”

In photo one, we have Andy checking his cell phone while on break between takes; in photo two, Andy and his good friend Jai Courtney (Varro) are being made camera-ready. In the third photo, Andy is joined by Nick Tarabay (Ashur) and John Hannah (Batiatus) on the set of Andy’s last episode in ‘Spartacus’ - the season one finale entitled, “Kill Them All.”

Hope you enjoy.

You can head over to http://t.co/yQmWJmI75t for a profile on filmmaker Rob Tapert and the production journey of ‘Spartacus’, in photos.

Gratitude.

BHN

Apologies for the lack of posts! Hope you are all well and in good-spirits. Are you keeping up with Vashti on maybemcqueen.com, on Twitter and on Instagram?

Please continue to support Andy’s friends by watching ‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ premiering on January 25th, 2013 on Starz. (US only)

For all continued updates on the status of Our Champion Andy’s documentary film “Be Here Now”, please visit beherenowfilmcomingsoon.com

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!

BHN

October 17th, 2012 -
A moment to celebrate the life of Our Champion, Mr. Andy Whitfield, who would have celebrated his 41st birthday today. 
Andy, we hope that wherever you are, that you are happy and in peace. All of our collective love, your friends, family, and fans -
“Happy Birthday, Andy!”
BHN

October 17th, 2012 -

A moment to celebrate the life of Our Champion, Mr. Andy Whitfield, who would have celebrated his 41st birthday today. 

Andy, we hope that wherever you are, that you are happy and in peace. All of our collective love, your friends, family, and fans -

Happy Birthday, Andy!

BHN


A Champion Remembered - Part 4 of 4
“The Mission”

8:00 AM (Sydney, Australia Time)
Vashti Whitfield, via her blog, Maybe McQueen:

“Maybe McQueen is a homage to my beautiful husband Andy, who died of cancer in September 2011, aged just 39.
Andy’s dream role would have been to play Steve McQueen. He was fascinated by the extraordinary, complicated and complex ‘film star’ and all that he was.
So my blog is inspired by Andy and the legacy he leaves all of us to be courageous, creative, curious and compassionate and to look for where adventure is possible in unexpected places. Whether it’s through becoming a father, not knowing how you will pay the rent, or being knocked back again and again and crawling your way back up, it is about making something happen when everyone tells you it’s not possible.”

And so to conclude this day of remembrance in honor of Mr. Andy Whitfield, there is only this left to be said:
What will you do?
What will you accomplish, with the only life you’ve got?
What will you leave behind for the people who knew and loved you to marvel at, long after you’re gone…
What will your legacy be?
You don’t have to be television star, you don’t even have to wind up famous - so this is not a question of “how many people will know my name?” There is a famous quote by poet Maya Angelou: “…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did…but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Andy firmly believed in making the absolute best of the only life you’ve got, and he made the most of his time here, even to the absolute end.
And so the invitation is at hand, to anyone reading this…
Maybe McQueen…you only get one life…so what will you do with yours?
BHN. xx

A Champion Remembered - Partof 4

The Mission”

8:00 AM (Sydney, Australia Time)

Vashti Whitfield, via her blog, Maybe McQueen:

Maybe McQueen is a homage to my beautiful husband Andy, who died of cancer in September 2011, aged just 39.

Andy’s dream role would have been to play Steve McQueen. He was fascinated by the extraordinary, complicated and complex ‘film star’ and all that he was.

So my blog is inspired by Andy and the legacy he leaves all of us to be courageous, creative, curious and compassionate and to look for where adventure is possible in unexpected places. Whether it’s through becoming a father, not knowing how you will pay the rent, or being knocked back again and again and crawling your way back up, it is about making something happen when everyone tells you it’s not possible.”

And so to conclude this day of remembrance in honor of Mr. Andy Whitfield, there is only this left to be said:

What will you do?

What will you accomplish, with the only life you’ve got?

What will you leave behind for the people who knew and loved you to marvel at, long after you’re gone…

What will your legacy be?

You don’t have to be television star, you don’t even have to wind up famous - so this is not a question of “how many people will know my name?” There is a famous quote by poet Maya Angelou: “…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did…but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Andy firmly believed in making the absolute best of the only life you’ve got, and he made the most of his time here, even to the absolute end.

And so the invitation is at hand, to anyone reading this…

Maybe McQueen…you only get one life…so what will you do with yours?

BHN. xx


A Champion Remembered - Part 3 of 4
“The Message”

8:00 A.M - 9/11/2012 (California Time)
”’Be Here Now’ is all about being present, and not fearing what you don’t know.”
- Andy Whitfield

When Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010, he naturally had every intention of fighting as hard as he could to overcome and beat it.
And he did.
Then came the second blow, when he and Vashti learned that the cancer had come back. Andy was well on his way to begin filming season two of ‘Spartacus’, but had to ultimately bow out of the role in order to focus on his health.
Rather than wallow in self-pity and anger, Andy decided that he wanted to share his struggle with the world, in the hopes that his story could make a difference to someone, somewhere. He allowed cameras into his private life, which followed him through the intense battle against his cancer. This footage was compiled by Oscar-nominated director Lilibet Foster into a feature-length documentary entitled “Be Here Now”, which is set to release sometime next year.
It will be the fullfilment of Andy’s dream, and a true and crystal-clear testament to who he was as a man and human being - tenacious and relentless in making some beauty grow out of even the most dire of situations.
Be Here Now is Andy’s legacy, one that will continue to grow even as the years grow long. I have tried to illustrate that here by using an old photo of Andy himself, as a child (on the bike) to represent the past, while his son, Jesse Red (behind little Andy) represents the future.
To learn more about the film, please visit http://beherenowfilmcomingsoon.com

A Champion Remembered - Partof 4

The Message”

8:00 A.M - 9/11/2012 (California Time)

”’Be Here Now’ is all about being present, and not fearing what you don’t know.”

Andy Whitfield


When Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010, he naturally had every intention of fighting as hard as he could to overcome and beat it.

And he did.

Then came the second blow, when he and Vashti learned that the cancer had come back. Andy was well on his way to begin filming season two of ‘Spartacus’, but had to ultimately bow out of the role in order to focus on his health.

Rather than wallow in self-pity and anger, Andy decided that he wanted to share his struggle with the world, in the hopes that his story could make a difference to someone, somewhere. He allowed cameras into his private life, which followed him through the intense battle against his cancer. This footage was compiled by Oscar-nominated director Lilibet Foster into a feature-length documentary entitled “Be Here Now”, which is set to release sometime next year.

It will be the fullfilment of Andy’s dream, and a true and crystal-clear testament to who he was as a man and human being - tenacious and relentless in making some beauty grow out of even the most dire of situations.

Be Here Now is Andy’s legacy, one that will continue to grow even as the years grow long. I have tried to illustrate that here by using an old photo of Andy himself, as a child (on the bike) to represent the past, while his son, Jesse Red (behind little Andy) represents the future.

To learn more about the film, please visit http://beherenowfilmcomingsoon.com


A Champion Remembered - Part 2 of 4
“The Man”


12:00 A.M. - 9/11/2012 (New York time)

Andy was a man, no different from any other in that regard. He was a human being, with flaws and ambitions, dreams and aspirations, just as you and I. He was a son, and a father; a husband, and cherished friend. 
He was so many things to so many people, but most of all, he was who he was, and he was sure of who he was, and he shared that enormous presence as much as he could with the world, SO magnificent and so unassuming - this much is apparent, and for that, we thank you, Andy.
Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4, as we continue to remember Our Champion Andy.

A Champion Remembered - Partof 4

The Man”

12:00 A.M. - 9/11/2012 (New York time)

Andy was a man, no different from any other in that regard. He was a human being, with flaws and ambitions, dreams and aspirations, just as you and I. He was a son, and a father; a husband, and cherished friend.

He was so many things to so many people, but most of all, he was who he was, and he was sure of who he was, and he shared that enormous presence as much as he could with the world, SO magnificent and so unassuming - this much is apparent, and for that, we thank you, Andy.

Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4, as we continue to remember Our Champion Andy.


A Champion Remembered - Part 1 of 4: 
“In Memory”

8:00 A.M. - (Sydney, Australia Time)
Today is September 11th, 2012. 
Today marks the one-year anniversary since the world lost one of its brightest gifts - a man who loved and was loved by so many, most of whom he never knew.
I am, of course, referring to Andy Whitfield, also known as “The Bringer of Rain, the Champion of Capua, the Slayer of the Shadow…Spartacus.”
As his dear and wondrously incredible wife Vashti has stated on occasion, today is not a day to be marked with grief. The tears will fall, of course, but today we should choose to remember all that Andy was,the amazing generosity of good that he put out into the world, and the legacy that he left behind of love, compassion, and fearlessness, a legacy that continues to grow and grow, triumphing over the loss of such a beautiful human being.
Stay tuned for parts 2, 3 and 4, as we take this moment in time, this day, to remember Andy Whitfield - Father, Son, Husband, Friend, Hero, and Champion.
 

A Champion Remembered - Part 1 of 4:

In Memory”

8:00 A.M. - (Sydney, Australia Time)

Today is September 11th, 2012

Today marks the one-year anniversary since the world lost one of its brightest gifts - a man who loved and was loved by so many, most of whom he never knew.

I am, of course, referring to Andy Whitfield, also known as “The Bringer of Rain, the Champion of Capua, the Slayer of the ShadowSpartacus.”

As his dear and wondrously incredible wife Vashti has stated on occasion, today is not a day to be marked with grief. The tears will fall, of course, but today we should choose to remember all that Andy was,the amazing generosity of good that he put out into the world, and the legacy that he left behind of lovecompassion, and fearlessness, a legacy that continues to grow and grow, triumphing over the loss of such a beautiful human being.

Stay tuned for parts 23 and 4, as we take this moment in time, this day, to remember Andy Whitfield - FatherSonHusbandFriendHero, and Champion.


 

If you were watching the ‘Stand Up 2 Cancer' telethon, you may have noticed that due to technical difficulties, Lucy’s and STARZ’s piece on Our Champion Andy unfortunately was not aired properly.

Here is the piece again for those who may have missed it, and for those who would just like to see it again and continue to spread Andy’s message far and wide, in loving memory of this brilliant man, who was beautiful in every way a person can possibly be.

Be Here Now

Vashti Whitifeld, via her Twitter:

Many wonderful people passed away on September 11th, as will many more. Such is the cycle of life. For me September 11th is and always will be a day to celebrate life, living and the opportunity to Be Here Now! 
So please - as the many very kind sympathy messages begin pouring in - please be mindful that I am making this a day of celebration, and I would love to inspire you to make that day one that absolutely makes you smile and very glad to be alive!

So as September 11th - aka Andy’s one-year mark - draws nearer and nearer, here is a kind reminder of everything Andy stood for in his last days on this Earth, the idea that life is both fragile and fleeting, and rather than fearing that, we should all celebrate it, and how blessed we are to be alive. 

Mourning is a natural part of human nature, and so no one should feel wrong for doing so of Our Champion Andy…just remember he would have wanted us all to smile and celebrate his message of believing in yourself and chasing your dreams - 

Be Here Now

Vashti Whitifeld, via her Twitter:

Many wonderful people passed away on September 11th, as will many more. Such is the cycle of life. For me September 11th is and always will be a day to celebrate life, living and the opportunity to Be Here Now

So please - as the many very kind sympathy messages begin pouring in - please be mindful that I am making this a day of celebration, and I would love to inspire you to make that day one that absolutely makes you smile and very glad to be alive!

So as September 11th - aka Andy’s one-year mark - draws nearer and nearer, here is a kind reminder of everything Andy stood for in his last days on this Earth, the idea that life is both fragile and fleeting, and rather than fearing that, we should all celebrate it, and how blessed we are to be alive. 


Mourning is a natural part of human nature, and so no one should feel wrong for doing so of Our Champion Andy…just remember he would have wanted us all to smile and celebrate his message of believing in yourself and chasing your dreams - 


Be Here Now


Hey everyone!
via Vashti, on her Twitter:

“Ok people, there has been some SERIOUS etching, ink and tattoo work going on in our “Be Here Now/MMQ” community. Listen up.

Could you please take a high-res photo as beautifully shot as possible - with none of your naked bits showing - and e-mail in. No faces please!

May possibly be used somewhere at end of the doco….. Maybe!!!


So for all of you who have or are planning to get Andy/Spartacus/Be Here Now tattoos - please e-mail high quality photos of them to Lilibet Foster at lilibet@beherenowfilm.com, as soon as possible. Thank-you. :)

Hey everyone!

via Vashti, on her Twitter:

Ok people, there has been some SERIOUS etching, ink and tattoo work going on in our “Be Here Now/MMQ” community. Listen up.


Could you please take a high-res photo as beautifully shot as possible - with none of your naked bits showing - and e-mail in. No faces please!


May possibly be used somewhere at end of the doco….. Maybe!!!


So for all of you who have or are planning to get Andy/Spartacus/Be Here Now tattoos - please e-mail high quality photos of them to Lilibet Foster at lilibet@beherenowfilm.com, as soon as possible. Thank-you. :)

via Vashti Whitfield on her blog, Maybe McQueen:

"Andy’s dream role would have been to play Steve McQueen. He was fascinated by the extraordinary, complicated and complex ‘film star’ and all that he was.”


And so this is my personal homage to Andy and his dream - sadly a dream forever unfulfilled - on behalf of every single fellow fan and supporter of Our Champion and “Be Here Now.”

Coincidentally - and no doubt very fittingly - the film ‘Le Mans’, whose photo I’ve used in the above edits, was released in 1971 - the year Our Champion Andy was born.

I hope it is a reminder to all who follow Andy’s message of living for the now - and without allowing fear or regrets to paralyze us - to boldly chase whatever it is that we desire out of our lives.

You only get one life.

Be Here Now

"Love, laughter… me and my man giggling!"
- Vashti Whitfield

"Love, laughter… me and my man giggling!"

- Vashti Whitfield

A big thank-you to everyone supporting Andy and ‘Be Here Now’ from his friend and fellow actor, Jai Courtney:

via the ‘Be Here Now’ YouTube channel:

"We cannot thank you enough for your outpouring of love and support for "Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story." (www.beherenowfilm.com) Thank you for joining us and becoming part of the filmmaking team to finish this inspiring documentary. And, if you want to join all of us, there is still time to get involved if you go to www.beherenowfilm.com.”

A personal note, from Andy to his fans - July 2010

07-20-2010, 10:52 AM - last edited on 07-20-2010, 10:59 AM

Fans, Andy has  asked us to pass along a personal note to all of you:

"To all of you incredibly generous human beings, who have supported, cared and collectively shared your stories, well wishes and inspiring words, all of which have had a profound and moving impact on me. Your time, energy and compassion have been the lift needed to glide over some of the bumpy terrain of the last few months. Thank you.
I am now training again and hungry to reunite with the fantastic cast and crew.
After this unexpected challenge but truly rewarding chapter, I have emerged feeling stronger, with a greater focus, commitment and passion and even more profound love of my family and friends.
I am very grateful for the extraordinary journey that was Season 1 and now after my own personal shake up, am even more determined and passionately committed to having Season 2 be very special indeed.
Thank you all again for your ongoing support.”

- Andy Whitfield

A personal note, from Andy to his fans - July 2010


07-20-2010, 10:52 AM - last edited on 07-20-2010, 10:59 AM


Fans, Andy has  asked us to pass along a personal note to all of you:


"To all of you incredibly generous human beings, who have supported, cared and collectively shared your stories, well wishes and inspiring words, all of which have had a profound and moving impact on me. Your time, energy and compassion have been the lift needed to glide over some of the bumpy terrain of the last few months. Thank you.

I am now training again and hungry to reunite with the fantastic cast and crew.

After this unexpected challenge but truly rewarding chapter, I have emerged feeling stronger, with a greater focus, commitment and passion and even more profound love of my family and friends.

I am very grateful for the extraordinary journey that was Season 1 and now after my own personal shake up, am even more determined and passionately committed to having Season 2 be very special indeed.

Thank you all again for your ongoing support.”

- Andy Whitfield