Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A movie I am dying to see.

As I said yesterday and many times before, I only blog about what I want. I am picky. Also, my thoughts have changed over the years since my most recent cancer diagnosis in 2007. At first I wouldnt read books or see movies that had the word cancer in them. It was too painful to watch. I kept on finding cancer mixed up in all my normal books - why did someone have to get breast cancer and die and ruin a perfectly good trashy romance novel? Or what is chemotherapy doing on that TV show? I was looking for cancer free zones to enjoy snippets of a reality that had no cancer.

Slowly I got better about this. I watched 'The Bucket List' and while I still have not put together my list, I have put some thought in to it. And if you are wondering, they did a pretty darn good job of portraying chemo and its effects. Then I read a few books that included heroines coping with cancer and their strong, handsome romeos caring for them through their nausea and midnight trips to the ER.

I got a request at the end of last week to write a post about an upcoming documentary that I am now dying to see. Steve was a stand up comedian who's dream was to appear on Letterman. He kept trying and kept getting declined but continued to persevere. Then he got cancer. One of those lovely kinds - where there is no treatment and no cure. Those are the really fun kinds of cancer. They take a lot of pictures of your insides regularly and tell you how much they have grown/shrunk and you don't have to worry about lifetime exposure to radiation from CT Scans. Steve's friends made a documentary of his dream 'Dying to Do Letterman'.

Dying to do Letterman: Kickstarter for an Oscar® and Beyond from Joke and Biagio on Vimeo.


They have won a few awards and are now able to see if they can get into the Academy Awards. And I need to go see it. I want to know how someone with cancer manages to hold on to their dreams and keep pursuing their goals. I want to see the humorous side of cancer diagnosis. I want them to get an Oscar for showing humor in life with cancer. And I want to see how Steve attains his dream - well I assume he does. I don't know. I haven't seen the movie yet and I'm dying to know.

I do know that they have raised the $37,000 they needed and that Steve was diagnosed in 2005 and he is still around now (which shows doctors don't always have such a good grasp on math).

Now I want them to have a showing around here - and I know the perfect theater and can help send a bunch of us cancer people their way. What ever you do, don't tell me the ending! I can put it on my bucket list.

10 comments:

Cansirboi said...

Thanks again for a saweet email...it did not go in noticed!

Arla said...

Wow Caroline - I had not heard about this documentary until now. I definitely want to see it! Thanks for sharing.

Cancer hospital USA said...

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Gina said...

Thanks so much for posting Caroline! We cannot wait for you to see the movie!

Biagio of JokeAndBiagio said...

Caroline! Joke and Biagio here, the filmmakers of Dying to do Letterman. Thanks for the wonderful, moving post. Can't wait to bring the movie your way. Steve is an inspiration to us all, and it was such a blessing to be able to document his journey.

All the best,
Joke and Biagio

tzuriel said...

Hi Caroline,

I enjoyed reading your post and I hope you get to see Dying to Do Letterman. I also can't wait to see it!

Dan Estrada said...

I have seen Dying to do Letterman and can tell you that it is an AMAZING FILM! I don't buy many movies but I am set to have this one when it is released. I would recommend it to anyone.

Todd Nasca said...

Thanks for all your support for the film, Dying To Do Letterman!! I'm a BIG fan of the documentary!! Your going to be very inspired by Steve's story!!

Gina Hill said...

Steve is a good person. I've had the pleasure of knowing him for 6 years now. I saw Dying to Do Letterman at the Cleveland Film Festival and in Chicago. I cannot say enough about this inspirational and life changing film. When you get a chance, please check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jokeandbiagio/dying-to-do-letterman-kickstarter-for-an-oscar-and

Kathleen Barringer said...

Caroline - I hope you get to see the film soon. I had been dying to see it for months, and finally got a chance about a month ago. It was worth the wait!!