ByDustin Hucks, writer at
Former Editor-in-Chief at Moviepilot, butt aficionado
Dustin Hucks

A few days ago, I covered the story of Daniel Craft, a man in the final days of his fight with cancer, and the desire of his wife and friends to grant him a small moment of pleasure in his pain. Daniel, a fan of sci-fi and cinema in general, having been an active supporter and participating in the New York Asian Film Festival, wanted to see ' Star Trek Into Darkness before he died.

This is the part where J.J. Abrams does an excellent thing. Via Geek Tyrant, we learned that Abrams secured a private showing of Star Trek Into Darkness for Daniel and his wife, who recapped the experience after the screening of the film.

Hi everyone, it’s Daniel’s wife, we are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture…However; Daniel ‘hates’ being an ‘inspiring cancer story’ we his friends and loved ones would prefer for the update to have more of a heartfelt message of giving, especially during this season:

This is a story of us giving something to him, the ‘internet’ community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others. This story of us (and of course JJ Abrams & Bad Robot) being able to give this surprise gift of a screening to a huge movie buff like Daniel, especially a film made by a film maker who obviously makes movies with such care, with a fan like Daniel in mind (and a person like me who knows slightly less about these things). Also, it was truly amazing that a film-maker so secretive as JJ Abrams was kind enough to show this to us.

It is also so wonderful for his friends & his family to finally hear some good news from us, They know how important film is to Daniel & could not think of a better way to please to him. So this gesture really has brought a lot of smiles all around.

It was a wonderful thing to see with Daniel and a wonderful thing to see Daniel enjoy – Making someone as ill as he is smile for any length of time really makes a difference. (At this point making me smile is good too)

This is also so poignant as JJ Abrams took so much care in the first Star Trek movie to at least TRY to get everything ‘right’ for the fans and we were so touched when he was concerned that we wouldn’t 100% enjoy the screening as it’s still being worked on…….Be assured we enjoyed it 110%! We are so grateful thank you, thank you, thank you...

The end of this story, however, is expected but still bittersweet all the same. It was announced via the New York Asian Film Festival Facebook page, that Daniel died late evening, January 5. True to his sci-fi roots, Daniel went out looking forward.

Moviepilot wishes Dan's family as much peace as is possible in such extraordinarily difficult times.


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