Crews film Paducah Parade for upcoming movie
PADUCAH, Ky. - Film crews turned up at the Annual Labor Day Parade Monday to record scenes for the upcoming movie, "I Am Potential."
The movie is scheduled to be released next fall. The director says the scene filmed in Paducah will be short, but marks a turning point in the life of Louisville man Patrick Henry Hughes.
Zach Meiners was in town to catch several high school marching bands in action for that scene. Hughes was born without eyes and the ability to walk. But, when he listened to a band he became convinced he wanted to pursue music. Against all odds, he later joined the University of Louisville Marching Band.
The Ballard Memorial High School Marching Band could make the cut. Director Heather Waters says she is thrilled at the chance to showcase her kids.
"It was nonstop questions from the kids. 'What's the movie about? What are we doing? When's it happen?' They were excited from the get go."
Steven Page from Paducah knows Hughes. He was the all-state band coordinator in the 06-07 season and remembers Hughes as a talented musician.
"There were a lot of skeptics that thought he was in here as some type of feel good, let's make things even for this kid. It wasn't that, he earned the spot," he said.
"He's really someone who continues to inspire people every day," director Meiners said adding, "This is a story about a guy overcoming all the odds, which is what people want to see."
Hughes continues to play the trumpet and has helped compose the movie score. "I Am Potential" will premiere in Louisville in February and then be released nationally next fall.