Be Brave


Let me say right off: no, this isn’t a post about earth changes! It’s about a film about a young man, Daniel, who set out at age 20 to document ten years of adventurous, nature-centric travels. Right there I’m intrigued, considering the times we’re in and the fact that Daniel seems like something of a ‘star man.’ He traveled the world and meticulously filmed everything he did with “rasa” (great relish). 

Daniel’s alacritous spirit pours from this footage about his life, and what happened after he left it. Be Brave is the film, and the rest of this post is from the filmmakers, who ran a successful crowd-funding campaign to produce it. The trailer (below) moved me; I look forward to seeing the finished project some day!  Enjoy ~Whitehawk

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 colorful characters of every age and description.

But 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 the Yucatán, and 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.

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