I Am Potential

DVD Release: July 9, 2015
I Am Potential


A father’s journey to help his blind and wheelchair-bound son overcome impossible odds and allow the world to see his God-given potential.

“I Am Potential” is based on the inspiring true story of Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry was born without eyes and his joints didn’t form properly, keeping him from ever walking. This is the story of how a father learned to sacrifice all of his own dreams and plans for the sake of his son. At his home in Louisville, Kentucky, Patrick Henry continued to face opposition. While his father worked to provide for the expensive procedures, Patrick Henry dreamed of one day becoming a member of a real marching band.

Patrick Henry had to fight all the odds to become an accomplished pianist, trumpet player and singer. The Hughs family’s story reminds us all to look at the things we have rather than the things we don’t, as we all try to reach our God-given potential.

Dove Review

“I Am Potential” is an inspiring, powerful, and heart-touching movie! It is based on the true story of Patrick Henry Hughes, who was born without eyes and the use of his legs. This inspiring movie makes it crystal clear: there is a purpose for all things and God definitely can bring good out of difficult situations.

Patrick Henry’s parents, Patrick and Patricia, are ecstatic at the birth of their son, but soon are hit with a harsh reality: he was born without eyes and he probably will never walk. They adapt as well as they can, dealing with stress when Patricia needs more help from Patrick and Patrick must juggle a demanding job and the needs at home, not to mention the medical bills. The cast in this film is outstanding, with Burgess Jenkins as Patrick, Jama Williamson as Patricia, and Jimmy Bellinger as Patrick Henry. Judge Reinhold appears as Dr. Greg Byrne, and he plays an important part in Patrick Henry’s life.

Patrick learns that his son has a love for music; it calms him and he enjoys hitting the piano keys in their home. He develops and has a lot of talent for music. The Hughes family grows as two brothers, Cameron and Jesse, are born. And Patrick Henry continues to amaze everyone with his ability to do things considered beyond his grasp. The sacrifice of the parents is to be commended. Patrick even sells off his impressively nice car in order to keep the family’s finances afloat. In addition, he gets up early to march Patrick Henry in his wheelchair during marching band practice.

This movie will inspire families everywhere! Its themes of sacrifice, family devotion, and overcoming great odds are commendable. We are pleased to award “I Am Potential” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages. No family will be the same after watching this movie! This film has earned five Doves, our best rating.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: High stress on a family; tension and disagreements between a few characters; kid in school picks on another character but then becomes his friend.


Company: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Writer: Zach Meiners
Director: Zach Meiners
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 94 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter