|Andrew Shue (at left) with "Gracie" director Davis Guggenheim.|
There's a moment in the new film "Gracie" when time seems to stop. Fourteen-year-old Gracie Bowen (Carly Schroeder) lies in bed as red police lights flash across her ceiling. She's about to find out that her older brother, the star of the high school soccer team, has been killed in a car crash. She spends a season training hard to take his place, becoming the first girl in
"Gracie" is based on real-life events in the family of former "
"When Will died, our whole world stopped," says Andrew Shue, who co-produced and co-wrote "Gracie." Both he and his sister have roles in the movie: Andrew (who briefly played soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy) as the soccer coach who encourages Gracie and Elisabeth as Gracie's mother. "Gracie" is set in 1978, around the time that Elisabeth Shue was in high school, and filmed in
Enlisting as director his sister's husband, Davis Guggenheim (who just won an Academy Award for "An Inconvenient Truth"), Andrew Shue turned "Gracie" into a family movie in the truest sense, raising the money himself to produce it without backing from a studio.
After your brother died, your siblings told each other, "You can do anything." Was that a thought that propelled you forward in the making of this film?
After a devastating loss, your whole perspective shifts, and you're kind of in a blank space. You feel like on one side nothing matters, and on the other side a freedom because nothing matters.
Freedom in what sense?
In the sense that you're not being held back by what society thinks you should be. Once you get that blank slate, that's key to then being able say, "Why not? Why not go to