Wednesday, March 20, 2013

And Suddenly My Tears Fall

I'm so late in knowing this, but I will share it to you anyway. As you could read from my previous post, one of the most awaited movie this year for me is Star Trek Into Darkness (I have Star Trek original VCD in my boarding house. That should said a lot about my feeling for Star Trek, considering how I love to copy movies from my friends or from internet rather than buy it). J.J Abrams, the director of rebooted Star Trek movie, is renowned for his secretive way. That's why even though Paramount had already release a teaser trailer, 2 trailers and a bunch of still images and posters, fans still don't have any clear idea about this movie. In my spare time, I try to search news about it and that was when I stumble on something in the internet.

It's all begin from a post on reddit.  There was a lifelong Trekkie, Daniel Craft, that was dying from cancer and his last wish was to see Star Trek Into Darkness movie before he die. His friend post this:
Hello Reddit. I've seen some amazingly kind and generous stuff happen on here. I'm hoping there's room for another amazing act of generosity and kindness for a friend of mine who is really sick. I couldn't begin to put into words what he has gone through. Luckily his wife did it for me... "My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure 3 rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match, had a Bone Marrow Transplant, which was MORE chemo, full body radiation & lots of other horrific things....then endured/survived 3 major infections + a massive GI bleed that put him in the hospital 10+ times over 3 1/2 years not to mention 100's of doctors visits.... he is my hero; I am his caregiver - I would do anything to help him.... he is now ravaged by a new TOTALLY UNRELATED cancer, (isn't that a fucker?) an aggressive and EXTREMELY rare vascular tumor that is crowding out his healthy liver tissue... they grew under treatment; there is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he is jaundice & his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live, He was hospitalized and had to exchange our HOBBITT tickets (where the 10 min Star Trek preview was supposed to be shown) we were able to put him in a car and get over to the HOBBITT but NO PREVIEW???? we, his friends and family, the love of my life - WOULD LOVE him to be able to see the Star Trek movie but even the 10 minutes of the trailer would be AMAZING." If there is anything any one of you or anyone you know could do to make this happen that would be an amazing, kind and generous thing. Please help. Thanks.
TLDR; My friend is dying. Would like to see the new Star Trek movie. Please help. At the least, upvote to get to front page for someone else to see. Please.
As any descent human being would do, reddit community step up to lend their hand and managed to spread the news. Internet is a really powerful thing nee. Eventually this story made its way to J.J Abrams, who later called the wife and said that he could attempt to either screen the 9 minute preview or the whole movie for Daniel Craft privately. How cool is that? Finally, Paramount and J.J Abrams agree to screen the "rough cut" of the movie (since the editing hadn't finished yet). 

This is not the first time J.J did lovely things to Star Trek fans. For Star Trek (2009) movie, he offer a terminally-ill professor who also a longlife Trekkie to be a cameo that even had line to say in the movie.

In the follow up post in the reddit (via Moviefone), the Trekkie friend said:
The next day, one of the film’s producers showed up at the door of their apartment with a DVD containing a very rough cut of Star Trek: Into Darkness in his hands. Paige had made popcorn, Dan had spent the previous day resting so he could sit through the movie, and after signing about 200 non-disclosure agreements they watched the film and had a blast.
Hi everyone, it's Daniel's wife, we are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture.... However; Daniel 'hates' being an 'inspiring cancer story' we his friends and loved ones would prefer for the update to have more of a heartfelt message of giving, especially during this season: This is a story of us giving something to him, the 'internet' community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others. This story of us (and of course JJAbrams & Bad Robot) being able to give this surprise gift of a screening to a huge movie buff like Daniel, especially a film made by a film maker who obviously makes movies with such care, with a fan like Daniel in mind (and a person like me who knows slightly less about these things).
Also, it was truely amazing that a film-maker so secretive as JJ Abrams was kind enough to show this to us.
It is also so wonderful for his friends & his family to finally hear some good news from us, they know how important film is to Daniel & could not think of a better way to please him. So this gesture really has brought a lot of smiles all around.
it was a wonderful thing to see with Daniel and a wonderful thing to see Daniel enjoy - Making someone as ill as he is smile for any length of time really makes a difference. (At this point making me smile is good too)
This is also so poignant as JJ Abrams took so much care in the first Star Trek movie to at least TRY to get everything 'right' for the fans and we were so touched when he was concerned that we wouldn't 100% enjoy the screening as it's still being worked on....... Be assured we enjoyed it 110%!
We are so grateful thank you, thank you, thank you....."
Daniel died some days after he watched the movie. T^T. I just can't choke back my tears. Isn't it wonderful to know that in this selfish world, something like this could happened? Faith to humanity, restored



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