The Hobbit films — the latest in the continuing Middle Earth saga which began with 2001’s Lord of the Rings trilogy — continue a longstanding tradition for one family.
Since the films started coming out, they have always watched them together as a family. But for Jessy Stouffer’s dad, time is running out, so she decided to make a moving YouTube video to spread the word.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in December, and Stouffer’s father has terminal cancer and is not expected to live long enough to see it.
As a final goodbye, they would like to get the attention of filmmaker Peter Jackson and the movie studio in order to arrange a special screening where they can all see it together.
Thus far, close to 50,000 people have viewed the video. CBS Chicago also ran a brief piece on the effort.
Jessy, a 21-year-old student at Northern Illinois University, remembers her father’s love for both series of films.
“My dad was really into the books, and the movies, for both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit,” she explained to CBS, “and once the movies came out, he wanted us to go and kind of all see them together.”
Her father is Scott Stouffer, a 57-year-old man with cancer of the endocrine system. Months ago, treatments came to an end because they weren’t working.
Jessy and the family wanted to surprise Scott, so they didn’t use traditional efforts, hoping that a social media campaign would do the trick. That led to the creation of #HobbitMovieLastRequest.
Jessy is asking that people from all over just make Facebook, Twitter, or any social media posts using that hashtag and sharing the following video or any news story pertaining to the situation.
“It’s been amazing just how many people have used it, and have been trying to get it out there,” Stouffer said. “We couldn’t ask for anything better; and we’re very, very grateful. It’s very gracious of all these people who are just trying to help – that we don’t even know.”
MGM has yet to respond to the requests, but with more of a push, that could soon change. If you would like to help make the Stouffer dream of seeing The Hobbit before December come true, just remember to include the hashtag when sharing this story.
On behalf of everyone at The Inquisitr, I wish you all luck.