Video: “Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story”

Photo by Georges Antoni

Meet my wife’s boyfriend. Well, not really, but: for two years now, she’s been talking about Andy Whitfield — the star of the TV show Spartacus — and she remains a cheerleader for him now, though Whitfield is no longer with us, having died after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Well, the late actor’s story is now told in a unique documentary called Be Here Now, and only now, thanks to its trailer, do I see what she’s seen in him all along.

Whitfield didn’t just play a fearless warrior. The film depicts the reality of his illness and how he and his family faced and dealt with it, and it really is an inspiration. See for yourself:

Be Here Now is a now a fully-funded Kickstarter film, but it can still use your help. My wife and I will be kicking in ourselves. Learn how you can too, here.

See also: Death and Dying: A Shambhala Sun Spotlight | Practices for Difficult Times: A Shambhala Sun Spotlight | Caregiving and Practicing With Illness: A Shambhala Sun Spotlight | Be Love Now: A Q&A with Ram Dass


  1. Skye
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I wish I could listen and understand what it is being said. As with most videos, however, they exclude me as a hard of hearing person because I need accurate captioning to follow spoken dialog. I hope the documentary itself will be captioned for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The use of the YouTube beta captioning is often useless because it is not professional captioning and there are so many errors it is often gibberish. So, I hope as time goes on, videos here as well as around the Net, will be captioned.

  2. joanespring
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I was happy to contribute – but as a Buddhist and someone who wants this beautiful message of compassion to include the world, I wish you weren't gifting a leather cuff to your contributors. Cows can teach us alot about "being here now" and they value their own lives as well. Peace.

  3. imbetterthanyou
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Does that mean your lentils and bean sprouts enjoy being slaughtered?

    Or are you just too callous to even think about that?

    hypocrisy – its whats for dinner

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