About 16 months ago, I got a call from Pam Moody, someone I had never before met. She had seen an article in the Des Moines Register about my business, Charming Beard Productions, and wanted to know if I’d help document her husband Rick’s story. Normally, we turn down these types of documentary projects, but in this particular case, I was curious. I asked if my production partner and I could get a conversation with Rick, and a couple days later we got on the phone and had Rick tell us his story.
Within two minutes, I knew we had to do this project. I’ll let you hear Rick tell his story, and I’ll add some more thoughts about this project after the jump.
Rick Moody: 1953 – 2012
DP: Bobby Neptune
Editor: Brian Hill
Producer/Writer: Sam DuRegger
This project was to be Rick’s self-eulogy to be played at his funeral. As he states in his video, he had a rare form of cancer that was unusually harsh and aggressive. To be honest when we shot the video, he was optimistic in thinking he would have a couple more months of life left to enjoy. To the delight of everyone around him, he lived another 14 months in relatively good shape and spirit considering all that his body was undergoing. I spoke with him every few months over the last year and he always wore a warm smile, and gave a hearty handshake. We kept the video project a secret, as only my wife, production team, Pam and Rick’s friend Rusty knew about the project until the funeral just a few days ago.
Rick’s body was put to rest on Tuesday, after a 36-month battle with cancer. He died with his family by his side last Thursday (more information on Rick’s life can be found HERE).
This past Wednesday Pam called to talk about the impact of the short film on the attendees of Rick’s funeral. Even in her grief, she was overjoyed at the influence Rick’s self-eulogy had on all the friends and family in attendance, as many burst out in laughter at Rick’s stories and also welled up in tears as Rick tells of his struggle. The reasons Rick was motivated to do this project are varied, and I don’t know if he told me all of them, but I do know that he wanted to have the last say… he wanted to be the one to tell his story, in his words… and more importantly he needed to tell his family and friends about how his faith brought him through many of life’s tribulations.
In documenting Rick’s story, I was reminded… there is joy to be found in life, and peace to be found in Jesus who was/is Rick’s most ardent fan. Rest in peace my friend, and may we see each other once again where pain and death hold no dominion; where life and joy are ever-present.