[NFBMO] I Can Only Imagine

Steve Cook stanley7709 at gmail.com
Mon May 31 19:17:41 UTC 2021

Hi All, 


The National Federation of the Blind of SC would like to invite you to movie
night on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 8:00 PM eastern. So bring your snacks and
drinks to join us for the audio described version of the movie I Can Only


Ten-year-old Bart Millard lives with his mother and abusive father Arthur in
Texas. One day, Bart's mother drops him off at a Christian camp, where Bart
meets Shannon. Upon his return from camp, Bart finds that his mother has
left and movers are removing her belongings. Bart angrily confronts Arthur,
who denies that his abusiveness was the reason she left.


Years later, in high school, Bart and Shannon are dating. Bart plays
football to please Arthur, but is injured, breaking both ankles and ending
his career. The only elective with openings is music class, so he
reluctantly signs up. Initially, Bart is assigned to be a sound technician,
but after overhearing him singing, the director casts him in the lead role
in the school production of Oklahoma!. Bart overcomes his reluctance and
gives an impressive performance, but does not tell Arthur, who finds out the
night of the show when he happens to see a flyer for the show in a diner.
Arthur suddenly collapses in pain, and finds out he has cancer, which he
hides from Bart. The following morning, Bart antagonizes Arthur, who smashes
a plate over his head. At church, Shannon sees the blood and presses Bart to
open up, but he responds by breaking up with her, and leaves town to seek
his fortune in the city.


Bart joins a band in need of a singer, and convinces Christian music
producer Scott Brickell to manage the band and secure a showcase in
Nashville. Bart surprises Shannon and invites her to tour with the band, and
is confused when Shannon flatly refuses. In Nashville, Brickell introduces
Bart to established artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, but is unable to
convince record executives to sign the band, who do not believe the band,
now performing as "MercyMe", is good enough. Devastated, Bart quits the
band, but Brickell thinks that Bart needs to resolve issues in his personal
life, so Bart reconciles with the band and asks them to wait for him, and
leaves to return home.


Bart returns home late at night, and is confused to find that Arthur has
prepared breakfast for him the next morning. Arthur claims to have become a
Christian, but Bart is skeptical and refuses to forgive him, and leaves. In
anger and despair, Arthur smashes his old Jeep, which he had asked Bart to
help him restore. Bart attempts to drive away in Arthur's pickup, but
discovers the terminal cancer diagnosis, and returns to Arthur. Bart
forgives his father, and the two form a deep bond, but Arthur soon dies of
his illness.


After Arthur's funeral, Bart rejoins the band and writes "I Can Only
Imagine", and also calls Shannon and apologizes to her for the first time
since their breakup. Brickell sends the demo tape to several artists,
including Grant, who, deeply moved by the song, asks to record it herself as
her next single, and Bart, who just wants the song to be heard, accepts. On
stage, Grant begins the song, but can't bring herself to sing it, and calls
Bart on stage from the audience to sing it himself. Bart's performance earns
an enthusiastic ovation, and he reunites with Shannon, who was also in
attendance. The band releases the song as their first single, achieving
success on both Christian and mainstream radio.


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Steve Cook

District 2 State Board Member of the National Federation of the Blind of SC

President of the Columbia chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of

1st Vice President of the Computer Science & Technology Division of the
National Federation of the Blind of SC

The National Federation of the Blind of SC owns and operates Rocky Bottom
Retreat & Conference Center.  Below is a link to read more about Rocky
Bottom and to make a reservation for a mountain retreat!

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characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
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