Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.
About the Project:
While I’m Here | The Legacy Project is a personal project by filmmaker Brent Foster and the team at Foster Visuals. We’re profiling a series of six people who are everyday humans with extraordinary stories. We want to document these living legacies, while they’re still here.
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 percent a passion project and something we 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 #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.
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 Bluesmen.
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 title 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.
Story #3: Project Healing Waters
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 #4: The Last Mambabatok
Apo Whang-Od is considered the world’s last Mambabatok (hand-tap tattoo artist) from her generation. At the estimated age of 99, she is now passing the tattooing tradition to a new generation in her tribe including her grand-niece Grace.
The tradition of this style of tattoo started as a symbol of pride for warriors and a marking of beauty for females in the Butbut tribe and has now taken a unique turn in their village, Kalinga, situated remotely in the mountains of the Luzon province in The Philippines.
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.