Because I believe that we are all interconnected.
“Each one of us is responsible for all of humankind, and for the environment in which we live. . . . We must seek to lessen the suffering of others. Rather than working solely to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful, something seriously directed toward the welfare of humanity as a whole. To do this, you need to recognize that the whole world is part of you.”—Dalai Lama, from How to Be Compassionate
“We all have the same dreams, need the same things;
we are all more similar than we ever have been different.
These wounds are deep, so equally deep must be the acceptance that frees us from this tolerance.
I will accept you completely, whatever that means.”
I am posting this on behalf of my friend Erin Northcott. We are kindred spirits who actually don’t see one another often. We connect via email a couple times a year at most. But it was our initial meeting back in 2006 which cemented our friendship. I tend to make friendships like this. My friendship circle is not tight or closed. It is open and ripples out. Perhaps this is why I need to share this message with you.
In the fall of 2006 it was time for my two year old daughter to begin attending a parent participation pre-school class, for only two-hours on Friday mornings. I didn’t have anyone to mind my four year old son during that time, and his pre-school program only ran Monday to Thursday. Erin’s business was and still is in the service of placing nannies. She came to our home to interview us, but because we only needed someone for two to three hours once per week, she was doubtful that she would be able to place anyone with us. She thought about it and decided that she would be our 3-hour nanny, for those eight months. My son and Erin clicked and they spent their time together creating incredible art projects. She often commented on how much my son reminded her of her little brother Daniel and how much her brother would love to meet him. We never met Dan.
Dan died from Leukemia in 2009 at age 29.
“A brother’s dying wish. A sister’s undying promise.
Be Brave is the true story of Daniel Northcott. Real footage captures this haunting and inspiring story of filmmaker Daniel Northcott’s dying wish to share his message of unity with the world.”
Please view this two-minute film. What are friends for if we can’t stand up for, speak for and help each other out? At first you might wonder, what kind of friend just shows up at the eleventh hour? (There are only five days left for this campaign for crowd-funding this project). Believe me, I have thought about that too. Shouldn’t I have been more aware of this project earlier on? Watch the footage and you will see how busy Erin has been this past year fulfilling her promise. Well, there are reasons for everything. I had not been in touch with Erin for over a year and by chance I sent her an email on January 23, 2013. She followed up with what was going on and sent me the link to the preview of Dan’s film. You could say the film is haunting me. The next day I found out on Facebook, that January 23rd would have been Dan’s thirty-third birthday. Was it a coincidence that I contacted Erin on her brother’s birthday?
I don’t think it was a random occurrence.
Erin’s brother Dan had a message for the world:
That we are all interconnected.
We are all made of the same matter.
And we are all one beautiful organism.
“Bursting with unquenchable curiosity and a boundless love for life, Daniel Northcott
was a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. Barely 20, he set out on a decade-long quest to travel the world, spreading his infectious enthusiasm across four continents and dozens of cultures. Through ruins and cities, war zones and sacred sites, he captured each precious moment on camera with an eye for colourful characters of every age and description.
In April of 2007, Dan’s journey led him to a greater adventure than he had ever imagined. Despite warnings of an ancient curse, he brought home a bone from a sacrificial Mayan burial cave in Yucatán, and just months later he was diagnosed with leukemia – cancer of the bone marrow.
When Daniel learned 8 years into his film project that he had only months to live he began a race to complete his unfinished film. Amazingly, he continued to document every detail of the roller-coaster ride that followed —from the doctor delivering the crushing news to every intense medical procedure, losing his hair, and intimate moments with friends and family.
With over a thousand hours of footage and no energy or time left he made a 40-minute sketch of the film he dreamed to make and left the footage in his will to his sister Erin Northcott. His last wish was to request she oversee the completion of his legacy, his film.”
Above photo: “Greece. Dan was all over this when he saw it amidst the ruins, to him the circles within circles he found around the world were reminders of humanity and natures interconnectedness; a fact humanity knew so well long ago, that Daniel wanted us to re-remember.”
WORDS FROM THE DIRECTOR, MIKKI WILLIS
“In early 2012, I got a call from musician and filmmaker Chris Brickler. He had stumbled upon some footage that he felt I should see immediately. Chris has never been one to exaggerate, but when he pitched the story to me it sounded too fantastic to be true. He sent me 40 minutes, which I watched with some of my team.
When it was over, there was 10 minutes of silence. Only a few deep breaths, sniffles and one barely audible “whoa.” It wasn’t until I felt a cold streak down my cheek that I realized I was crying. “What just happened?” It was hard to understand, let alone explain.
The footage was shot by and featured a young man named Daniel Northcott. Dan was gifted with the ability to perceive realities deeper than what meets the eye. In the words of his own mother, “the kid was a star child.”
Director Mikki Willis and Elevate Studios are honored and grateful that Erin and the Northcott family have entrusted them to produce Be Brave.
WATCH THIS link: Be Brave filming Update from Mikki Willis
Check out their trailer and campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/Be-Brave
Their Indiegogo campaign is ending in 10 hours at midnight Wednesday, January 30, 2013 (unless they get an extension) and they need our help to reach their goal.
UPDATE #2: They were granted a one time only extension which means that their campaign ends at midnight Saturday, February 2, 2013.
- The haunting story of local filmmaker Daniel Northcott’s dying wish (vancouverobserver.com)
- Daniel Northcott’s dying wish (matadornetwork.com)
- Elevate Films Produces Fundriasing Mission for a Film Maker’s Dying Wish on Indiegogo (virtual-strategy.com)