Hollywood screenwriter and Kentucky native Kara Holden admits she loves the glitz and glamour of a film premiere. However when the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on her plans to journey to Los Angeles for the opening of her newest challenge, the Disney authentic “Clouds,” Holden discovered one other manner.
“I talked to Disney and to the homeowners of Sauerbeck Family Drive-In, and we labored it out,” she mentioned. “So now we’re doing a Hollywood premiere in La Grange, Kentucky.”
Holden, who wrote for the movie “Soul Surfer,” plus the screenplay for “Center College: The Worst Yr of My Life,” “Meant to Be” and “Carrie Pilby,” signed on to jot down “Clouds” three years in the past.
The movie is the uplifting true story of Zach Sobiech, a 17-year-old who impressed the world by writing and performing songs as a technique to say goodbye whereas battling osteosarcoma, a uncommon type of bone most cancers.
Should you haven’t heard of Sobiech, ask your teenager.
Given one yr to stay, Sobiech turned to songwriting as a technique to say goodbye, at first to his family and friends, after which to the world when tens of millions of listeners turned affected by his heartfelt lyrics and positivity.
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Not lengthy earlier than his demise, Sobiech recorded “Repair Me Up,” a whole album of his music. He additionally carried out stay live shows. However he’s greatest recognized for the tune “Clouds,” which he wrote as a farewell to these closest to him. Quickly after Sobiech’s demise, “Clouds” reached No. 1 on the iTunes music charts, beating out superstars like Pink, Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake.
His viral hit and a documentary about his life turned Sobiech into a world position mannequin for others battling critical diseases. A number of musicians carried out their very own variations of “Clouds” as a tribute to Sobiech, together with Ashley Tisdale, Colbie Caillat, Anna Faris, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, Jenna Fischer, The Lumineers, Rachel Bilson, Ed Helms and Phillip Phillips.
“Once I was first requested to jot down the screenplay, I mentioned ‘no’ as a result of I simply wasn’t certain how you can write it,” Holden mentioned. “That modified as soon as I spotted this was not only a story about sickness and battle; it was actually a narrative about Zach’s contribution and what he needed to do together with his life which was music.”
As a lot because the story is about Sobiech’s life, it is usually about his household and pals in his hometown of Lakeland, Minnesota, all of whom contributed to the making of the movie.
“Attending to know Zach’s superb family and friends over the past three years whereas researching and writing the movie has been a miraculous expertise for me,” the screenwriter mentioned. “I’ve been deeply moved by the unbelievable love, energy and religion shared between Zach and his family members, and I’m impressed by Zach’s lovely music and indomitable spirit day by day.”
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Everybody engaged on the movie needed to get Sobiech’s story excellent. That included the actors: Fin Argus, Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Iseman, Neve Campbell, Tom Everett Scott and Lil Rel Howery. The Sobiech household invited them to spend time of their dwelling and served the actors’ meals earlier than filming started.
And as for Holden, who initially felt Sobiech’s story could be too tough to inform, a line from poet Mary Oliver — “what’s it you wish to do with this one wild and valuable life” — turned the main focus for every scene.
“The primary time I heard it, it struck me straight to my core,” she mentioned. “It’s how Zach lived till the tip and my hope is the viewers can take this away on the finish of the movie as effectively.”
The invitation-only premiere of “Clouds” and fundraiser for The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund takes place Monday on the Sauerbeck Household Drive-In in La Grange. The characteristic movie might be out there to the general public on Disney+ starting Oct. 16.
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