National Premier of ‘I Am Potential’ at Louisville Palace July 9

National Premier of ‘I Am Potential’ at Louisville Palace July 9


It’s a story of the power of the human spirit that has drawn media attention across the globe. Now, the triumph of Louisville native Patrick Henry Hughes will make its debut on the silver screen in Hughes’ hometown. On July 9, the historic Louisville Palace will host the premier of I Am Potential, written and directed by Louisville native Zach Meiners.


I Am Potential—an American Family Studios production– is a tale of a father’s determination to help his blind and wheelchair-bound son to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to help his son reach goals most thought were impossible.

Patrick Henry Hughes was born without eyes and the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs. Despite his physical limitations, Patrick began playing the piano at the age of nine months. A virtuoso pianist, vocalist, and trumpet player, Patrick received countless plaudits for his abilities. However, his most well-known and documented accomplishment was becoming a member of the University of Louisville marching band.

The film, which contains several scenes shot in Louisville, follows father Patrick John’s journey from the unexpected delivery of a disabled infant to the improbable moment of performing on the field at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Patrick John makes a cameo appearance in the movie which stars Burgess Jenkins (Remember the Titans), Jama Williamson (Parks and Rec), Judge Reinhold (Santa Clause, Seinfeld), and Jimmy Bellinger (Kickin’ It, Glee) as Patrick Henry.

Zach Meiners wrote, produced, and directed I Am Potential, the second film he has directed and produced. “It is so fitting to have this film premiere in the city where it all began,” said Meiners. “Whether you have followed Patrick from the beginning or are hearing of him for the first time, I can’t wait for audiences to experience this story in a whole new way.”


VIP Admission – $75 (includes prime seating, early entry, and a meet-and-greet with the cast and Patrick Henry Hughes.

VIP Tickets can be purchased