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 all!

How’s this for some amazing and meaningful street art!?

Via Vashti:


Home in Sydney in 48 hrs -
A quick peek at the most amazing surprise created for me as an early birthday present - my very own Andy tree at Venice Beach, and the story of my tattoos - the Lioness and the Butterfly - brought to life in some amazing LA wall art, designed and drawn by a buddy.

 
Will fill you in on the details when I get back.

BHN
 
xx

Hello all!

How’s this for some amazing and meaningful street art!?

Via Vashti:

Home in Sydney in 48 hrs -


A quick peek at the most amazing surprise created for me as an early birthday present - my very own Andy tree at Venice Beach, and the story of my tattoos - the Lioness and the Butterfly - brought to life in some amazing LA wall art, designed and drawn by a buddy.

 

Will fill you in on the details when I get back.

BHN

 

xx

Hello all! 

Vashti is currently here in sunny Los Angeles, California, to view the rough final edit of the documentary we are all waiting for - Our Champion’s story through his diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma entitled “Be Here Now”.

Here is a short video of Vashti, sharing how she is feeling about this particular moment in time and of Andy’s legacy, as she is going to view the film for the first time since actually living it with him back in 2010 - 2011.

Enjoy, and if you’d like to express your sentiments remember you can post on maybemcqueen.com and to Vashti via Twitter.

Gratitude.

BHN

Exclusive: Andy Whitfield Remembered by Co-Star in Moving PSA


via Entertainment Tonight Online:


Lucy Lawless is remembering her Spartacus: Blood and Sand co-star Andy Whitfield in this moving tribute created for the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon.

Whitfield lost his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on September 11th, 2011, but is clearly fondly remembered by both the cast and crew of the hit STARZ series.

You can watch Stand Up 2 Cancer Friday, September 7th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on both STARZ and ENCORE.

"No one is immune to cancer. It strikes unexpectedly, changing lives. We must stand united against this often devastating disease - a lesson the cast and crew of Spartacus learned, when we lost a dearly-loved friend far too early in his life. 

Andy Whitfield was a true champion, an amazing man and he gave his all to every aspect of his life, and it was an honor to know him.

Stand with me, and take a moment to remember Andy Whitfield, loving husband and father, terrific actor, and an inspiration to us all.”

- Lucy Lawless


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

(Andy, San Diego Comic-Con ‘Spartacus’ panel. 2010)

Radiance. 

“When I first met Andy, he had no clue of the presence, charm and incredible gift he had to share with the world… in fact, he would have preferred to disappear himself, than [to] walk into a crowded room.”

- Vashti Whitfield

(Andy, San Diego Comic-Con ‘Spartacus’ panel. 2010)


Radiance. 


When I first met Andy, he had no clue of the presence, charm and incredible gift he had to share with the world… in fact, he would have preferred to disappear himself, than [to] walk into a crowded room.”


- Vashti Whitfield

Born to be wild - Our Champion Andy, aged 9.
Photo courtesy of Vashti Whitfield

Born to be wild - Our Champion Andy, aged 9.

Photo courtesy of Vashti Whitfield

The Message
Success! With over $200,000 pledged towards Andy’s story, the goal has been reached. There are no words to say thank-you to all of Andy’s fans who contributed to that goal. Our Champion is surely flashing that smile, wherever he is now. :-)
Continue to spread word about Andy and his message, as any more money that we can all raise will surely help this project reach as far as it possibly can!
WELL DONE EVERYONE.

Success! With over $200,000 pledged towards Andy’s story, the goal has been reached. There are no words to say thank-you to all of Andy’s fans who contributed to that goal. Our Champion is surely flashing that smile, wherever he is now. :-)

Continue to spread word about Andy and his message, as any more money that we can all raise will surely help this project reach as far as it possibly can!

WELL DONE EVERYONE.

"We did video diaries. We have a man crying, ‘I’m terrified I’m going to die and I have to leave my children.’" - Vashti to People Mag

Read the full feature here

Remember, you can help Andy’s story be told by donating here. Tell all your friends and family too! BE HERE NOW

"We did video diaries. We have a man crying, ‘I’m terrified I’m going to die and I have to leave my children.’" - Vashti to People Mag

Read the full feature here

Remember, you can help Andy’s story be told by donating here. Tell all your friends and family too! BE HERE NOW

‘The big strong man I fell in love with was so fragile, as if he was made of tissue’ - Vashti Whitfield

Vashti’s interview with the UK’s ‘Daily Mail’ 6/23/2012 -
'Vashti Whitfield is sitting in the garden, explaining why her two young children get excited when a butterfly flutters past. ‘They call out ‘‘Hi Dad!’’ every time they see one,’ she says. 
It is the legacy of their father Andy, who died aged 39 last September after an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. He left seven-year-old Jesse and four-year-old Indigo with a beautiful image to remember him by.
‘In his final words to them, Andy said he had to go to sleep as his body didn’t work, that he was like a butterfly with broken wings, but he would always be with them, watching over them,’ says Vashti.’
Read the full Daily Mail article here

The big strong man I fell in love with was so fragile, as if he was made of tissue’ - Vashti Whitfield

Vashti’s interview with the UK’s ‘Daily Mail’ 6/23/2012 -

'Vashti Whitfield is sitting in the garden, explaining why her two young children get excited when a butterfly flutters past. ‘They call out ‘‘Hi Dad!’’ every time they see one,’ she says. 

It is the legacy of their father Andy, who died aged 39 last September after an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. He left seven-year-old Jesse and four-year-old Indigo with a beautiful image to remember him by.

‘In his final words to them, Andy said he had to go to sleep as his body didn’t work, that he was like a butterfly with broken wings, but he would always be with them, watching over them,’ says Vashti.’


Read the full Daily Mail article here
"We have a way in our lives and worlds where, if we really focus on something and we really want to make something happen, we put absolutely everything into it."

Vashti Whitfield