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Director J.J. Abrams screens Star Trek Into Darkness for terminally ill trekkie

Jan. 2, 2013by:

Every now and again we're reminded that humanity doesn't totally suck. We're inundated with enough doom and gloom on a daily basis, so it's always a welcome treat to hear about the goodness that can come about through human kindness. Case in point is the recent plea by the friend of a terminally ill man with a number of ailments seeking a screening of either the 9-minute preview of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS or, if by some chance, the entire film, as the man has weeks to live.

The terminally ill man, named "Dan," has suffered a massive amount of treatments in connection with his illness and was unable to get to the theater to see the IMAX screening of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, which had the 9-minute preview. All of this transpired on Reddit, starting on Christmas Day, which later trickled down through MTV Geek, amongst other channels, before finally reaching Paramount and J.J. Abrams.

Here's the traffic from original poster ideeyut and another friend, Garry Hendrix:

"I just wanted to say that I know and work with Dan (the guy whos dying) but I dont know the OP. Dans been running the New York Asian Film Festival with me and a few other guys for years. If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of all of this, I use my actual name as my Reddit name, and you can visit the NYAFF (New York Asian Film Festival) page on Facebook. If you still have doubts that are keeping you from helping, feel free to email me:grady@gradyhendrix.com"

On December 27th, things really heated up quickly:

"Thanks everyone, and a huge thanks to OP ideeyut for posting this. JJ Abrams just called Dan's wife and left a message. He's going to try to arrange a screening for Dan, either of the film or at least of the 9 minute promo reel. I'll never say anything bad about JJ Abrams again. Seriously. He is now beyond reproach as far as I'm concerned."

Then, on December 29th, ideeyut followed up with:

"He got to see it a couple of hours ago and loved it. JJ Abrams is the man. I'm going to buy an extra ticket for Dan when it comes out."

So, it took roughly four days to reach Paramount and J.J. Abrams, arrange a screening, and execute said screening for a terminally ill Trekkie. I'd say that's a damn fine feat and a heartwarming gift from all involved. We've heard of tales like this before and it's awesome to see such compassion from the people we constantly look up to as our heroes. They're not all like that, so it's sure great to find out when they are.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS opens in IMAX and 3D on May 17, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: I got nothin.' Too awesome.
Source: Mashable

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2:35AM on 01/07/2013

Daniel Craft - 1971 - 2013

Originally posted on the New York Asian Film Festival's page:

"Last night (Friday, Jan. 4th, 2013) around 10:15pm, Dan Craft, who has been a member of Subway Cinema since 2004, passed away. His wife and brother were with him when he went, and he wasn't in any pain. He'd been a bit loopy for a few days as his liver failed and toxins built up in his blood, and on Thursday his wife asked him if he needed to go to the bathroom. "I'm going..." he proclaimed, "Into the future." See you there,
Originally posted on the New York Asian Film Festival's page:

"Last night (Friday, Jan. 4th, 2013) around 10:15pm, Dan Craft, who has been a member of Subway Cinema since 2004, passed away. His wife and brother were with him when he went, and he wasn't in any pain. He'd been a bit loopy for a few days as his liver failed and toxins built up in his blood, and on Thursday his wife asked him if he needed to go to the bathroom. "I'm going..." he proclaimed, "Into the future." See you there, Dan. We miss you."

I'll admit...the first I'd heard of Daniel Craft was when the news (here on Joblo.com) of his wish to see the new Star Trek film was released.

Since then I've been reading & reviewing anything & everything I could about this wonderful guy & the type of love, humility, style & comradery he'd brought to his family & profession @ Subway Cinema .

And now hearing of his passing...I'm just utterly speechless...damn near tears, because of the lifetime I've learned about this man in just 6 days.

My sincerest condolences to his wife Paige & his entire family.
God Bless, Dan. God Bless.
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2:19AM on 01/06/2013

Great guy

And on top of everything, J.J. was apparently really worried that Dan might not like the film because it wasn't 100% finished.

And what makes it even BETTER is that Dan truly was a great guy. So smart, kind, gentle, and passionate. Will be missed.
And on top of everything, J.J. was apparently really worried that Dan might not like the film because it wasn't 100% finished.

And what makes it even BETTER is that Dan truly was a great guy. So smart, kind, gentle, and passionate. Will be missed.
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5:46PM on 01/03/2013
Heard about this story when it broke and I think it's awesome. It's cool to see when people with the power to do these kinds of things do them. Abrams shows his true colors here and it only makes me that much more of a fan.
Heard about this story when it broke and I think it's awesome. It's cool to see when people with the power to do these kinds of things do them. Abrams shows his true colors here and it only makes me that much more of a fan.
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12:51PM on 01/03/2013

Very, VERY cool

He's a mensch! No doubt about it.
He's a mensch! No doubt about it.
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7:28AM on 01/03/2013

wow

i mean, i take my hat off for jj.
respect my good sir, respect!
i mean, i take my hat off for jj.
respect my good sir, respect!
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11:54PM on 01/02/2013
From all the commentaries and behind-the-scenes material on his films, JJ Abrams really seems like a great guy, and this more than confirms he is. It's such a wonderful gesture, and one can only imagine how much this meant to Dan. I agree with NeoAnakinPotter in that it reminds me of "Fanboys" - it also brings to mind the dying ten-year-old girl whose last wish was to see "Up" - and which Pixar granted. *Sniff*.
From all the commentaries and behind-the-scenes material on his films, JJ Abrams really seems like a great guy, and this more than confirms he is. It's such a wonderful gesture, and one can only imagine how much this meant to Dan. I agree with NeoAnakinPotter in that it reminds me of "Fanboys" - it also brings to mind the dying ten-year-old girl whose last wish was to see "Up" - and which Pixar granted. *Sniff*.
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11:04PM on 01/02/2013
JJ Abrams, I will never ever bad-mouth and nit-pick ever again. You forever have my respect!
JJ Abrams, I will never ever bad-mouth and nit-pick ever again. You forever have my respect!
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4:36PM on 01/02/2013

reminiscent of the movie "Fanboys"...but w/ Trek. :)

This just made my whole week! Wow. :) Really reminds me of when Ron Pearlman donned the Hellboy make-up again for the little 6-year old leukemia patient because of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Now J.J. Abrams/Paramount treat another ill person to a sneak of Star Trek 2.....Really, I got same reaction as Mr. Shirey. can't express in words. very cool.
This just made my whole week! Wow. :) Really reminds me of when Ron Pearlman donned the Hellboy make-up again for the little 6-year old leukemia patient because of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Now J.J. Abrams/Paramount treat another ill person to a sneak of Star Trek 2.....Really, I got same reaction as Mr. Shirey. can't express in words. very cool.
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3:55PM on 01/02/2013
J.J. Abrams, what a hero.
J.J. Abrams, what a hero.
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3:17PM on 01/02/2013
Great story! Classy move by JJ and all involved
Great story! Classy move by JJ and all involved
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2:58PM on 01/02/2013
See my respect for Abrams is more because of the fact this guy is secret about all his projects and is so good at making sure nothing leaks but is willing to throw that away for a fan thats ill that makes him better because he coulda ignored it to keep any leaks from going out.
See my respect for Abrams is more because of the fact this guy is secret about all his projects and is so good at making sure nothing leaks but is willing to throw that away for a fan thats ill that makes him better because he coulda ignored it to keep any leaks from going out.
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2:48PM on 01/02/2013

Moved To The Front Row...

Don't know why this double posted. Sorry.
Don't know why this double posted. Sorry.
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2:45PM on 01/02/2013

Moved To The Front Row...

Mr. J. J. Abrams had just now moved to the top of the list IMO as the director with the heart of gold.

I'll be a fan of Mr. Abrams from here out.

God bless "Dan" and God bless you sir.
Mr. J. J. Abrams had just now moved to the top of the list IMO as the director with the heart of gold.

I'll be a fan of Mr. Abrams from here out.

God bless "Dan" and God bless you sir.
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2:42PM on 01/02/2013
Faith in humanity: Restored. It's only logical ;)
Faith in humanity: Restored. It's only logical ;)
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2:10PM on 01/02/2013
Big kudos to J.J. and Paramount for giving an amazing gift. All the best Dan!
Big kudos to J.J. and Paramount for giving an amazing gift. All the best Dan!
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1:54PM on 01/02/2013
That is just too cool. I was already a pretty big JJ Abrams fan, but now I'm impressed with him as a person. Just wow.
That is just too cool. I was already a pretty big JJ Abrams fan, but now I'm impressed with him as a person. Just wow.
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