Fund This Film is usually a place where we tell you about a great film project that could deserve your donations via Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. It’s part of our ongoing effort to support independent filmmakers and their most passionate of projects.
This week, we take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you something a little different, a little more personal and to us, far more important. We’re urging you, in a week that has seen Zach Braff asking for funds for his next movie, to support our greatest project of all: life.
Edward Douglas may not be a name familiar to all of our readers. Although he should be, as he’s been a guest contributor to our site and a featured guest on Reject Radio. If you don’t know him from his limited work on our site, you may know his work on ComingSoon.net, one of the most prolific movie websites around. It is there that Ed has blogged as the Weekend Warrior for a number of years. As a writer and critic he’s always been incredibly savvy, fair and incredibly thorough. He never fails to be a great read.
As a person, Ed is one of those rare souls in this business who can easily be described as a good guy. In a world of hyper-competitive, nuclear-egoism, his genial nature and passion for what he does rises well-above how many choose to conduct themselves. Sure, he’s not shy about jumping into a fight on Twitter, but that’s business. And sometimes this business is about the sensational, the unbelievable and the dramatic.
When I personally think back to some of my most treasured moments from the road that is film blogging, a number of them include discussions with Ed Douglas. Because Ed has always been the type who’d walk all the way to the top of Main Street (no small feat for people who sit in movie theaters for a living) during Sundance to grab a beer and chat.
When I found out from a mutual friend that Ed had been recently diagnosed with cancer, it was a deeply saddening moment. Here’s a guy like me, who loves movies. And he works his ass off to share that love with the world. What did he ever do to deserve a fight with acute leukemia? Nothing. To make matters worse, Ed works in this same business where a vast majority of film journalists work without health insurance, trading the job of their dreams for the comfort of the 9 to 5 world. It’s a tragic reality of our world and it sure doesn’t help when things go bad.
With that in mind, another great colleague, Mike Sampson of ScreenCrush.com, has set up a fund to help Ed fight cancer over at GiveForward.com. You can go right to Ed’s donation page or use the widget below. I would be honored, as a fellow movie lover, if you would join me in giving Ed your support. He’s a member of our worldwide movie-loving community, a great colleague and a good friend. With our help, he can beat this thing.
Will you join me?