Outlive your life!
About the Project:
While I’m Here | The Legacy Project is a personal project by filmmaker Brent Foster profiling a series of people while they’re still doing what they do best… living their legacy.
The videos will launch one at a time over the next 18 months.
Foster decided to start this project after missing out on the chance to tell the story of a man from his hometown who dedicated his life to helping others.
That man’s name was Frank Dymock. For years, Frank opened his garage up to the public and sharpened skates free of charge. He wouldn’t accept a dime.
He was a staple of the place Foster grew up, and Brent always wanted to tell his story while he was still here.
Regretfully, Foster let time pass, and Frank passed away before he had the chance.
This project is dedicated to Frank and the many others who live selflessly and truly impact those around them.
This project is 100 per cent a passion project. It’s self funded, and something Foster wanted to do to pay it forward to people like Frank and
Thomas (The San Diego Highwayman) who is profiled in this first film. Both Brent, and the crew have donated their time and personal expense to make this first film happen.
Story #3: Ed Nicholson
After 30 years in the Navy and 10 years in private industry, Ed Nicholson was diagnosed with cancer.
He was in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering when injured vets began coming back from Iraq.
Nicholson realized there was something he could do to help them cope with their mental and physical issues.
Armed with a fly fishing rod, Ed began to teach people to cast on the front lawn of the hospital and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing was born.
The project now takes veterans out onto the water to fly fish, but most importantly build relationships that will last for a lifetime.
The Project has grown to 178 programs in 50 States.
Story #2: 83-year-old Mississippi Bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch
Two years ago no one outside of Bruce, Mississippi knew Leo “Bud” Welch. Today, he’s recognized as one of the last remaining Mississippi Delta bluesman.
Born in 1932, Leo “Bud” Welch began playing guitar at the age of 13. He played for family, friends, and churches while making a living in the logging industry and on the farm for more than 35 years.
On April 5th, 2015, a release party will be held for Leo’s first ever blues C.D entitled “I Don’t Prefer No Blues.”
The album tittle is a quote when Leo talked to the preacher at his church and told him he was recording a blues C.D.
Last year, he released his first gospel album just before his 82nd birthday.
Leo is proof to never give up on your dreams. He also wants to pass the legacy of music along to a new generation.
Alongside the main video, we also created a second short video documenting one of Leo’s visits to a school in Arkansas where he performed for young children in hopes of keeping the tradition of blues alive and well in younger generations.
Leo hopes to continue to visit schools and pass his music along in hopes of inspiring the next great blues musician.
You can view the video below as well as a GoFundMe page to help cover Leo’s travel expenses to and from the schools:
Director, Cinematographer, and Editor: Brent Foster
Audio, Color, and Additional Cinematography: Nick Brokalakis
Original music by: Leo “Bud” Welch
Sun Through The Clouds (Instrumental) by Matthew Morgan, Marmoset Music
Special Thanks to:
Leo “Bud” Welch, Vencie Varnado, Dixie Street, and Preston Kanak
RODE Microphones, Marmoset, and Zylight
Story #1: The San Diego Highwayman
Thomas Weller, a.k.a. “The San Diego Highwayman” has been rescuing people stranded on the side of the road for 48 years.
When he was 16 years old, he drove his car into a ditch. A man came along and rescued him, asking only that Thomas pay it forward one day.
Since that time, Weller has rescued thousands of people who were stranded in one way or another. Weller hands them a card that says “You don’t owe me a thing. I’ve been there too. Someone once helped me out, just the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do: don’t let the chain of love end with you.
Back in August of 2011, Weller’s famous rescue car “Beulah” was totalled during a rescue. The remains of his prized car still sit in his back yard. Weller simply can’t afford to repair the car but has dreams of getting her back on the road while he’s still able to help others.
A very special thanks to Thomas and his wife Patti, who spent so much time with us and opened their doors to allow us to help tell this special story.
Director | DP | Editor: Brent Foster
Second Cinematographer: Gerald Mabee
Audio and Production: Tammy Foster
Project site: whileimheretheproject.com
Thanks for taking the time to view, and please stay tuned for the next film!
Do you know someone that’s a living legacy who has an incredible story that needs to be told?
We’d love to hear from you if so! Please fill out the form below to nominate someone for consideration in this project.