'Reach' producer Maria Capp talks about the three prominent threads in the movie, "Friendship", "trust" and "sacrifice"
There were three prominent threads in the movie and in an interview with Meaww, Maria Capp revealed what the process of connecting them into the narrative was like
These days parents and teenagers have a lot of issues they have to deal with. And, 'Reach' which recently released in theaters and digital HD reveals these. Every character in the film goes through their own strife in one way or the other. 'Reach' revolves around a teenager who has been suffering bullying for quite a long period of time, and all he ever wanted in return was kindness, friendship and affirmation from one person to make him happy.
Starring, Garrett Clayton (Disney's 'Teen Beach' movies, Hairspray Live!), Jordan Doww ('#HollyWEIRD'), and Joey Bragg ('Father of the Year,' Disney's 'Liv and Maddie'), and Johnny James Fiore, Bojesse Christopher ('Point Break'), Kevin Sizemore ('Miracles From Heaven'), Concetta Tomei, Corbin Bernsen, Steven Thomas Capp ('Fat Camp'), Raffaela Capp, Grant Harling, Rio Mangini ('Everything Sucks!'), Natasha Capp, Brent Tarnol, Michelle Danner, Chelsea Cook, Tiffany Phillips, Jully Lee, and Wren Barnes, the movie's main aim was to create awareness and conversation surrounding the repercussions of bullying.
And, with October being 'National Bullying Prevention Awareness' month, the producers and directors found the perfect time to release a movie that deals with the pressing issue. With a viewpoint that connects with many viewers, the movie focuses on other delicate topics apart from bullying, like depression, suicide, dysfunctional families, and addictions. This movie is a realistic portrayal of what's going on in the lives of many high school teens.
There were three prominent threads in the movie, "Friendship", "trust", "sacrifice" and in an interview with Meaww Maria Capp the producer of the movie revealed what the process of connecting them into the narrative was like. She started off by saying: "Friendship, trust, and sacrifice. During the writing process, we didn't purposefully set out to highlight trust and sacrifice. They organically became the narrative for many of the characters while we focused on the power of friendship."
Following which she continued: "Friendship transferred to love especially in the relationship and friendship between Steven Turano and Clarence West and again in the broken relationship between Nick Perkins and his alcoholic father, Mr. Perkins as well as in the healing relationship between Steven and his father." Capp then unveiled that their main focus was on the importance of friendship, a feeling of belonging and inclusion. She added no matter how small the gesture is, it can make a difference and, in the end, you only need one good friend.
Adding to what Capp said, Johnny James Fiore, who is the co-writer and also stars in the movie, revealed the entire process was therapeutic, as they would each share their own experience. "The three of us would share our own personal experiences and go in depth with different feelings we had once upon a time. It was very much therapeutic for all of us. Friendship, trust, and sacrifice are huge themes in my life," he added.
Following what Capp and Fiore had to say about the three prominent threads in the film, Bojesse Christopher, who played the role of Steve Turano in the film, spoke about how his son Steven Turano gradually finds his strength and how he starts to affect the people around him. "Steven is withdrawn, disconnected, lonely, heartbroken, and desperate until he gradually finds his inner strength and creative voice through his new friendships with Clarence West and the like. Steven has a lot to say based on how he feels inside, in his heart's core."
He then unveiled that after opening up to his father, he gains that emotional confidence. "After expressing it openly to his father, my character, it gives him a sense of emotional confidence that propels him forward in life in a meaningful way. As a result, he effects the people around him, specifically his father and friends, and inspires love and compassion and drive in life," Christopher concluded.