It was his debut and only single released as a solo artist, released digitally on December 14, 2012, and later included in his debut EP, Fix Me Up (released under his band name, A Firm Handshake). We wrestled. Fin Argus is Zach Sobiech and Sabrina Carpenter is Samantha âSammyâ Brown in the movie âClouds.â (Disney/Laurent Guerin) Because of the pandemic, the â¦ As a consultant on the script, Laura worked to ensure it reflected reality rather than make their journey seem unattainable. The dramatized documentary covers how Sobiech started out as just a regular teen until he hit stardom as a musician in his senior year of high school. Are we setting ourselves up? Hateful critics would have been like, “Oh, wow, you’re force-feeding us faith and eternity?”. Open about his own commitment to the Baháʼí faith, an inclusive religion which differs from biblical theology, Baldoni nonetheless sought to truthfully portray the Christian core of the Sobiech family’s story. Baldoni: Oh, of course. I’ve tackled that question in the first part of my career because there is no greater question — and it forces us, I believe, into action. The film earns its PG-13 rating through an F-bomb yelled by an exasperated parent and a romantic scene between teenagers. Baldoni directed the 2013 documentary for SoulPancake — released just a few weeks before Zach's death — and directed the new Disney+ movie Clouds in memory of him. Justin Baldoni dreamed of making âCloudsâ in Zach Sobiechâs hometown. It’s is based on the life of Lakeland teen Zach Sobiech who inspired millions around the world with his song, Clouds. CBN Partners provide hope to those who are suffering! © 2020 The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., A nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Charitable Organization. 1 on iTunes -- beating out Beyoncé's latest song. “The scene where Rob and I are arguing on the deck of the house, it just didn’t ring true,” said Laura Sobiech. Despite us, God chose to use our family and Zach’s story in this amazing way.”. But the message about eternity seems kind of hazy. Justin Baldoni: It has been a whirlwind, man. The film isnât a documentary, it is a Hollywood telling of it. Was this always a part of the story you wanted to include? So often, we are given the false pretense that if we choose one thing, it means that we have to ignore the other. Clouds follows Zach’s journey over the course of his senior year as he navigates the complexities of love, friendship, family and leaving behind a musical legacy. Because of Lourdes, Zach really changed and recognized what he wanted to do with his time. By Olivia Moosey, DePaul University. The latest faith-inspired Disney movie Clouds tells the story of Zach Sobiech, a high school student who wrote a song that went viral during his senior year, after finding out his cancer was terminal. “‘Remember the Titans’ was one of his favorites,” said Sobiech. Freelance journalist Josh M. Shepherd writes on faith, public policy, and culture for media outlets including The Stream, The Federalist, and Christianity Today. It was a huge part of their story. We do it in a lot of other ways. Need prayer? The movie, directed by Justin Baldoni, chronicles Zachâs senior year of high school and the last year of his life. “It gives people a chance to meet Zach, hear his music, and see the choices he made when he went through it.”, Based on the memoir of Zach’s mother Laura Sobiech, “Clouds” highlights Christian faith in a way rarely seen in Disney films. Click here for answers. Millions of people around the country and the world have really taken to this story, who didn’t even know it before now. We have a calendar on a daily basis to figure out: What am I going to do with my day? “Certainly if that’s not something you want your children to see, then they shouldn’t see it,” said Sobiech. The documentary and Zach's death led to an even bigger wave of viral interest in Clouds. As a mother of four, Sobiech is used to speaking up when situations require it. “I did ask God to physically heal Zach,” said Sobiech. The true story of Zach Sobiech and his music come to life on Disney+. The seventeen year old inspired millions with his music while battling osteosarcoma, and the up-and-coming director poured his all into honoring his memory. "Clouds" is a song by American singer-songwriter, Zach Sobiech. When Zach began to write songs, his music caught the attention of film director Justin Baldoni, who soon released a 20-minute documentary on his story. With Fin Argus, Neve Campbell, Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Iseman. “But as much as we want to touch peoples’ lives, we want to freakin’ end and find a cure for osteosarcoma and children’s cancer. ‘Clouds’ Spotlights Catholic Family’s Struggles With Teen’s Terminal Illness. And as people learned more about Zach, others stepped up to help carry his message forward, including Rainn Wilson’s YouTube channel, SoulPancake, which released a documentary … Sobiech spent the afternoon guiding Holden as she rewrote the scene, with input from the actors. Copyright © 2020 The Federalist, a wholly independent division of FDRLST Media, All Rights Reserved. Josh Shepherd covers culture, faith, and public policy for several media outlets including The Stream. Story continues In the SoulPancake documentary, which has now surpassed 15 million views, Zach recounts his journey of turning to music to express himself and to comfort his loved ones after receiving his terminal diagnosis at age 17. "Zach changed my life completely," director Justin Baldoni tells ET. Author and mother of four Laura Sobiech discusses the new film depicting her son’s life and cultural impact — and the role of faith during trying times. Later that week, Zach’s fans pushed “Clouds” up to #1 on iTunes. When you add in the antagonist of cancer and the prognosis of death, time is running out and it’s a ticking clock. Fin Argus, the star of the new Disney+ film Clouds, had a personal connection to playing Zach Sobiech, an American teen who died from a rare bone cancer shortly after becoming a viral music sensation. He and his wife live in the Washington, DC area with their son and soon-to-be-born daughter. “But I also asked for his grace, that his hand would carry us through whatever would happen. Young musician Zach Sobiech discovers his cancer has spread, leaving him just a few months to live. To me, it’s the most apparent and hopeful way I can show people that life doesn’t end here, which was my goal with this film. “Clouds” became an internet sensation shortly before Zach died of cancer in 2013 at age 18. Sobiech's song “Clouds” did so well that it topped the charts on iTunes seven years ago, as documented in the film. After being famous and known for a song called “Clouds,” that to me is a sign of eternity. Yet scenes at Lourdes are presented with remarkable reverence for a mainstream film, seeming to show some bigger story unfolding. “I can’t think of a better time than right now to release a movie like this,” said Baldoni in a recent interview. The story of Zach Sobiech, the Stillwater, Minnesota kid who penned the viral hit single “Clouds,” is a love story bursting with hope and happiness and enduring faith. Faith is so deeply personal and it looks different for every Christian, for every Baháʼí [gestures to himself], and for every Jew. He made history twice as an unsigned artist. I want to tackle these subjects, especially for young people, to help them realize that they’re alive and blessed regardless of their situation. “This story is about hope and love,” said director Justin Baldoni. We have to both acknowledge that and make conscious choices in our day to pray, to find God, to live in our spirit, to live in our higher nature, to be of service, and to find and choose hope. The Clouds movie will be released on Disney+ this fall. From years of personal experience, the Minnesota author said it was vital to knock down the assumption that caregivers usually choose to lean on one another. The simple music that came through him was so heart-wrenching yet hopeful. “When you know you are both going through the same emotions, you don’t want to burden your spouse with the heaviness you’re feeling. He died of a rare bone cancer called Osteosarcoma 7 years ago this week. Disney+'s new movie Clouds tells the tragic and true story of Zach Sobiech (played by Fin Argus), a teenage songwriter from Stillwater, Minnesota, whose uplifting music reached global recognition while he battled a rare terminal cancer that would soon take his life. I would argue that this is not a sick kid movie, or a cancer movie, or a death movie. What is faith and what does the Bible say about faith? During his senior year of high school, Zach finds out that his cancer has now spread throughout his body, and he has a limited amount of time left. In the opening scene of the movie âClouds,â a tall, lanky teenager walks into Stillwater Area High School on crutches. MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) â The Clouds movie will be released on Disney+ this fall. After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, the teenager is determined to live out his dreams no matter how long he has left. We wanted to show that in a very reverent and sincere way. “Lourdes is like coming in from a freezing cold blizzard into a warm, cozy house and getting wrapped in a blanket,” she said. âCloudsâ Review: The Stirring True Story of Zach Sobiech Becomes an Effective Disney Plus Weepie Justin Baldoni's biopic of the late teen singer-songwriter flirts with the â¦ If we don’t do it with our lives, what is the calendar but something that daily gets checked off and becomes less than? I made it to honor Zach, his legacy, his family, and their story. And I think that was the answer we received.”. "Clouds" tells the story of 17-year-old musician Zach Sobiech whose world gets turned upside down when he finds out his cancer has spread. The new movie on Disney+ shows that you can accomplish anything no matter the challenges. To think, contemplate, and meditate on mortality is to ask ourselves how we want to live and how we want to spend our time. A Disney+ Original, âCloudsâ follows the story of Zachary David Sobiech, a high school senior who discovers his rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma, is terminal, and he only has months left to live. Baldoni spoke from his Los Angeles office in the below interview, which has been lightly edited for clarity. Staying away from as many tropes as possible in the “sick kid” or “young adult love story” genres was important to me. Proceeds from the sale of "Clouds" go to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, which is a branch of the Children's Cancer Research Fund. I couldn’t be on my phone because I want to be present with my son. 1 hit iTunes single in 2013. With Fin Argus, Neve Campbell, Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Iseman. The Jane the … How much time do I have to do other things? “Especially at a time like this, it’s important to find something that’s uplifting.”. 'Clouds' cast reflects on Zach Sobiech's legacy 'We could make a difference' | How an email to 700 Zachs is becoming a force for good Disney releases trailer for Zach Sobiech movie 'Clouds' Itâs is based on the life of Lakeland teen Zach Sobiech who inspired millions around the world with his song, Clouds. But, man, we’re alive and it’s hopeful. Yet it’s clear throughout the progression of the film that the Sobiechs' faith is an integral part of their story. Call (800) 700-7000 or request prayer. A-list actors and artists took notice. We didn’t want to ram faith down anybody’s throat. Josh and his wife live in the Washington, D.C. area. In this movie called “Clouds,” we show that this young man with deep faith achieved greatness, loved the way that he loved, and lived his life with intent—then he showed up for his friends and family in such a clear and visible way as a Z in the clouds. We fought. Life is going to be hard. Because there’s the healing we want, and there’s the healing that God wants, right? You can both be in pain and suffering and also choose hope. ... To make the film more authentic, producer and director Justin Baldoni, who also produced a documentary about Zach’s final days, wanted to bring in meaningful items from Zach’s life, including the crutches, some of his clothing and his guitars. “That is very much what has happened.”. But, ultimately, all of us have a choice: Can we find hope and light in the darkness? Zach Sobiech recorded 'Clouds' and became a YouTube sensation in the year before his death to cancer in 2013. âClouds,â streaming now on Disney+, tells the true story of songwriter Zach Sobiech, including his rise to fame as a musician while fighting cancer. And I made it for a general audience: to hopefully inspire them to remember what’s important, chase their dreams, seize the day, and recognize they have one wild and precious life. While viewers see their spirits were willing, realities of the flesh are also close at hand. CLOUDS is an interactive documentary and a portrait of this community of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code. Fast-forward seven years, and Baldoniâs dream project â a dramatic film about Zach â has released as âClouds,â now streaming on Disney+. Baldoni: See, I would push back on the question of eternity being hazy only because the movie ends in a very specific way: with a sign from heaven. It was his debut and only single released as a solo artist, released digitally on December 14, 2012, and later included in his debut EP, Fix Me Up (released under his band name, A Firm Handshake). Upon learning of his terminal diagnosis, Zach took up songwriting and quickly achieved cultural impact — including a No. That’s why we view every news story through the lens of faith. When you read Laura’s book, Lourdes was kind of the pivotal moment because they were going for healing. For Sobiech, it felt surreal to travel from her small hometown — on a major studio’s dime — to the movie shoot in Montreal, Canada. It showed me the power that this kid had. âCloudsâ is based on a true story, and once you get to the end credits there are intertwining moments with the real Zach and then other moments with the cast on the set. I believe that Zach, this movie, and faith in general ask us to look for the good, to choose hope, to choose love — but to not diminish the fact that we’re suffering. “The scene ends before it gets too steamy, and it doesn’t go where one might think. Just like the movie, life is not easy so I’m dealing with balancing my family. This film is about a teen with a terminal illness, much like your documentary series “My Last Days” and your previous film, “Five Feet Apart.” Why are questions about mortality so compelling to you? All the while, Sobiech was struggling with terminal osteosarcoma. “We didn’t do things perfectly. 1 on iTunes -- beating out Beyoncé's latest song. More than anything, this is a true story where you can touch the history. At one point, she prayed deeply to God, saying, “If you’re going to take my son, let it be for something big.” We originally had that in the scene. You end up sort of closing off and carrying it all by yourself, and you have to figure out a path back to each other.”. “For us, it was this tranquil, peace-filled place to retreat.”, Nothing evidently supernatural occurred. But when it became financially impractical to shoot in the St. Paul suburbs â¦ Rated PG-13 for mature themes and brief strong language, “Clouds” is currently streaming on Disney+. Stay informed with the latest from CBN News delivered to your inbox. People experience prayer and God in different ways. His mom Laura had a big prayer. God is everywhere—even in the news. Can we choose to recognize our existence and spend our time doing things that make us happy and other people happy and conserve the world? The film sparked a … (Star Tribune) Published November 04. Fin Argus and Sabrina Carpenter play Zach and Sammy, who were longtime friends since they were children. It puts true healing into perspective. We wanted any person to be able to have a spiritual experience while watching this movie. Clouds marks Justin Baldoni’s second feature film as a director, and this time he delves into the real-life story of Zach Sobiech. Bryan Cranston, The Lumineers, and Jason Mraz (among others) boosted the song and gave tribute to Zach. There is a deep anxiety humming all over the globe. At one time, those crutches belonged to Zach Sobiech of St. Michael in Stillwater, who courageously battled an aggressive form of cancer called osteosarcoma before dying from the disease May 20, 2013.. Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1. Directed by Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni, Clouds tells the true story of Zach Sobiech, a teenager from Minnesota who was diagnosed with bone cancer when he â¦ It was very intentional that I put it there, and that we end the movie by showing the real picture. The project asks questions about the future of creativity at a time when algorithms play an important role in shaping culture. The world is in chaos. In many ways, a miracle did happen. The remarkable true story of singer/songwriter Zach Sobiech is brought to life in the first trailer for the upcoming movie Clouds. Submitted by escamp on August 31, 2015 - 3:04pm. Baldoni directed the documentary for SoulPancake in 2013 — released just a few weeks before Zach's death — and directed the new Disney+ movie Clouds in memory of him. 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