I am so proud to say that Often Awesome the series has been officially nominated as the Best Documentary Series on the web by The Webby Awards. Blake and I have worked endlessly on this series when Tim was first diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The first year we dedicated to put out an episode every other week. After the first year we had 26 episodes. That nearly killed us. We worked full time jobs and shot and produced the entire series on our own free time. Year two we dedicated ourselves to produce an episode each month. We now have 34 episodes in the can and are working on the final episode. During that time we were so grateful to witness the amazing story that Timothy LaFollette left to share with the world. He courageous battle with the disease was inspiring. Kaylan, his wife, never wavered from his bedside and his friends showed the world what community and friendship truly meant.
Working with Tim changed my life in a very positive way and at the same time it was the most difficult thing to do. I witnessed this disease take his movement from his limbs, breath from his lungs and food from his mouth. His mind was still active, creative, strong sense of humor and sense of purpose too. His battle will always be my source for inspiration and to never give up. I am so grateful to Tim and I will share his message to anyone that wants to know what it is like to live. This web series isn’t about someone waiting to die…it is about someone living to his last day. It’s about people coming together selflessly and giving to make Tim’s quality of life more comfortable. It is a lesson in humanity and I was in the front row.
I am thrilled to announce that Often Awesome the series is a finalist for Best Documentary Series in The Webby Awards! Often Awesome the series is a web series that follows Timothy LaFollette who was diagnosed at 29 with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2009. We created 34, 10-minute episodes from diagnosis to his passing. Often Awesome the series chronicles a beautiful tale about love, hope, community, friendship and courage, in the face of daunting challenges and deep loss.
Tim wanted to participate in this series to raise awareness about ALS and to show the horror of the world’s best kept secret disease. He did his job well! It is now up to us to get his story out to as many people as possible and the best way to do that is to vote daily for Often Awesome the series for The People’s Voice Award of The Webby’s. This award is the Oscars for the web and can bring light to such a dark subject.
Often Awesome the series is nominated along with programs produced by PBS, the Sundance Channel, and the Independent Film Channel, all of whom have professional marketing teams at their disposal. That’s why Often Awesome the series needs your help.
Blake Faucette (co-creator) and I urgently ask you to vote for Often Awesome the series and to share this opportunity with your friends, family, co-workers, Facebook, Twitter, linkedin, Google+, reedit, message boards, blog it and anywhere else that you have a voice.
Not only do we want to educate people about the horror of ALS, we want to introduce the world to Tim. He was a one-of-a-kind talent freak with a heart open for the world. This story will not only bring you to tears, it will make you smile about the beauty of humanity.
You can vote DAILY here: http://pv.webbyawards.com/ballot/104
The web series: http://www.allacesmedia.com/oftenawesome/
Official Web Site of Often Awesome the non-profit: http://oftenawesome.org/
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