Saige Paints the Sky (2013) Movie Script

Hurry up. Let's go.
you're gonna miss the bus.
Come on. Let's go!
Cutting it close. And on the
first day of school, no less.
I had to get out
there and draw.
Everything was just
so beautiful this morning.
Hey, hey, hey.
How's my fourth grader?
Morning, Dad.
You excited?
Totally. Tessa just got
back from music camp,
and I can't wait to see her.
Do you know this
is the first summer
we haven't spent
every single day together?
Do you know this is about
the hundredth time
I've heard you say that?
And I know you're
also excited about
all the cool things you're going
to learn this year, right?
That too.
Hey, I want you
to check this out.
They're almost done sewing
the fabric for the balloon.
It's gonna be ready just in
time to fly at the Fiesta.
It looks amazing!
I can't believe my design
is actually going to be
turned into a real balloon.
I mean, just imagine what it's
gonna look like at the Fiesta.
The sky's gonna be filled with
all these hot-air balloons.
Yours is gonna be up there
with us inside of it.
That's pretty cool, huh?
To my very talented daughter.
I don't mean to break
up your little brunch,
but this artist is on the
verge of missing the bus.
I'm on it.
We'll see you at
Mimi's for dinner?
Okay! Bye!
Crazy. The show...
Oh, that song!
It was so hard to learn.
I know.
Oh, I missed you so much! Jinx!
Okay, you first. How was camp?
It was beyond!
It was more than beyond!
They'd have to invent a new
word for how beyond it was!
She's right. I learned all
these cool vocal warm-ups
and met other girls who love
music just as much as I do.
Totally changed my life.
Oh! You know Dylan, right?
She was in Mrs. Martin's
class last year.
We were in
the same cabin at camp.
She's an incredible singer.
Oh, yeah. Hi.
Hey! You're the artiste, right?
That's pretty cool.
Um, yeah. Thanks.
So, how was your summer?
I feel like we haven't
talked in forever!
Um, it was fun. I painted a...
Speaking of fun,
Tessa and I did this crazy duet
at the end-of-summer talent show.
Let's do it!
One, two, three, four!
Don't let them tell you
that you dream too much.
Don't let them tell you
that the world's too rough.
They should be making time
to have some fun.
'Cause we do,
'cause we do, 'cause we do.
Clearly, we totally rocked
the house with that song.
Yeah, that was...
First place, baby.
It was amazing.
You're a crazy girl.
Good morning, class. Everyone,
please take your seats.
I'm Mrs. Applegate.
Everyone, this is Gabi Pea.
She just moved here from South Albuquerque.
Let's welcome her.
Hi, Gabi.
Go ahead and take a seat.
You're Saige, right?
Yeah. Have we met before?
No, but I moved in just a
few doors down from you.
I've seen you in your yard, drawing.
I'm kind of an artist, too.
I design my own clothes.
And I drew these.
They're cool.
Not as cool as your
grandmother's stuff though.
My mom told me
she's Mimi Copeland.
Yep. She's pretty awesome.
At my old school,
my art teacher took us
to see her exhibit
at the art museum.
And I've seen her every year,
leading the parade at the
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
You're so lucky to have a
famous artist in your family.
I'm actually going
to her house today.
You should come over
and meet her some time.
I'd love to.
So, let's get started. We are
going to have a fantastic year.
I've got lots of very
exciting activities planned.
But before we get into that,
there are just a few things
I need to announce,
some of which
won't be easy to hear.
Due to budget cuts,
we unfortunately
will not be having
art class this year.
From now on, art and
music will alternate.
This year, it's music.
I know this is disappointing
news, and I'm so sorry.
But at least you'll get
art back next year.
Mimi. It's me. Anybody home?
Hello? Mimi.
Hey there, Rembrandt.
Hi. How you doing? Yeah?
Have you seen Mimi?
Have you? No?
- Hey, Luis.
- Hey, Saige.
How you doing, Georgia?
Where's Mimi?
Right out there.
Come on.
Do the parade gait, Mimi!
You bet.
Go, Mimi!
Now try the scarf trick!
Coming right up!
Let's show them, Picasso.
Let's go.
Go, Mimi!
Come on!
- Whoo!
- Yeah!
Yes! That's what
I'm talking about.
- Whoo-hoo.
- Whoo!
Great job.
Hey, hon, you wanna
go for a ride?
Georgia's all saddled up.
- Hyah!
- Giddy-up!
- Hyah!
- Here I come!
Whoo. Watch out!
You know, Mimi, that
scarf trick was amazing.
It blows me away every time.
I don't know how you
do it and get Picasso
to do the parade
gait at the same time.
I'm thinking of doing that
scarf trick again this year
when I lead the parade
at the Balloon Fiesta.
You have to. It's a tradition.
I could never lead a parade.
The thought of a huge crowd staring
at me makes me want to throw up.
Well, I was nervous
the first time
I performed in front
of that crowd.
Something wrong, hon?
Come on. You know you
can tell me anything.
Well, today
was the worst day ever.
Our teacher
told us there was no art
in school 'cause
of some dumb budget cut.
And Tessa made a new best
friend at music camp.
So you had a rough first day.
A new school year,
and things are different
between you and Tessa.
Change is hard, but we
can't let that scare us.
But I don't want
things to change.
I know. Sometimes it's good
to shake things up a bit.
Race you.
You're on.
Come on! Whoo!
Dinner's in the oven.
I hope you're hungry. I made enough
red chili tamales to feed a city.
Saige, that's great!
You're developing
a wonderful sense of texture.
Oh. Well,
I'm not done blending.
Wait. Maybe you should try
the impasto technique.
I mean, it would take your
painting to a whole new level.
What's the impasto technique?
Well, instead of blending out
and hiding your brushstrokes,
you get a painter's
knife or palette knife,
and you show
the strokes on purpose.
This was one of Van Gogh's
favorite techniques.
Look. You see
how freeing it is?
The paint just glides on there.
And all those beautiful,
happy accidents.
All those colors mix.
It's just so freeing.
Here. Wanna give it a try?
No, thanks.
I'm pretty into my brush.
Maybe another time.
Remember, hon,
it's important
to try new techniques
if you want to
grow as an artist.
I know.
But I really like my brush.
And I think I'm just getting
good at this stroke.
Maybe next time.
Do you think you'll finish the
mural in time for the Fiesta?
Well, that's the plan.
I'm thinking of calling it
Portraits of Albuquerque.
What do you think?
I think that's perfect.
'Cause the Fiesta
wouldn't be the Fiesta
without one of your
world-famous paintings.
I'm so lucky
I get to paint with you
since we don't
have art in school.
But it still doesn't seem fair.
Well, if you really
think it's unfair,
maybe you should
try to do something about it.
Like what? There's nothing I can do.
I'm just a kid.
Rembrandt! Rembrandt!
Mom and Dad must be here.
Mom, it's good.
Hot sauce is fantastic.
Not too spicy? I like it.
I think I got carried
away with the red chili.
Hey. You still thinking
about your art classes?
Yeah. I just don't get why art
should be less important
than anything else.
That's what you're gonna say when
you fight to get the program back.
Who said
anything about fighting?
Saige, artists never give up,
especially when
their ability to express
themselves is at risk.
Artists never go down without a
fight or at least a protest.
Do you really think
a protest would work?
Why not? At least you can try.
Sometimes the causes
most worth fighting for
are the ones you're
not sure you can win.
Do you remember that time that old
adobe building was gonna be destroyed,
and they were going to replace
it with a little mini mall?
But then you
convinced half the city
to show up with
signs to save it.
And then Mom rides Picasso
through the crowd,
just chanting
through a bullhorn.
I think you made
national news with that one.
Guilty as charged.
But it worked.
And it could work for you, too.
All artists have a voice,
and you have one, too.
Clearly you
haven't heard me sing.
I'm not talking
about that kind of voice.
Now, an artist's voice
speaks through her work.
And you won't be alone either.
There are a lot of kids
who like art.
And music.
This could
be a great way for you
to reconnect with Tessa.
I never thought
about it like that.
I'll talk to you later!
There's no need for fear.
'Cause I know
I'll never be lonely.
When you're here,
my gray skies turn blue.
You understand me
I smile when you're around.
The sun's so much brighter,
it's true.
Always forever.
Whatever the weather.
We stick together like glue.
Forever and always.
Good times and bad days
I always know what to do.
'Cause I've got
a friend just like you.
'Cause I've got
a friend just like you.
'Cause I've got
a friend just like you.
'Cause I've got
a friend just like you.
You sound really good.
Thanks. It's a song Dylan wrote at camp.
Isn't that cool?
Yeah. Super cool.
So, Mimi had this idea
I wanted to talk to you about.
You know, how we're not
having art this year?
Yeah, then no music next year.
I know.
But I was talking to Mimi,
and I think we should
do something about it.
Start a school-wide protest.
And we can get a bunch
of other kids involved.
And then next year,
you can have music again.
A protest, huh?
Like the Boston Tea Party?
Something like that. I haven't
figured out all the details yet.
I think that sounds...
Hey, listen, I'm going
to Mimi's after school
if you want to come hang
out with me while I paint.
I feel like we haven't
done that in forever.
I'm supposed to go to Dylan's.
Well, maybe tomorrow.
You know, it's all good. I can
just meet up with her later.
- I'll ride the bus with you after school?
- Perfect!
Oh, and then I can show you the
sketches for my balloon design.
You're still gonna fly with
us at the Fiesta, right?
Uh, hello? In the gazillion
years we've been friends,
have I ever missed flying in the
balloon with you and your dad?
I can't wait!
Oh. See you later.
Should we go through
the harmonies again?
Sure. From the top?
Hey, Saige.
Oh, hey.
I wanted to see if you can
come over after school.
I downloaded this
Japanese anime movie.
The drawings are so cool.
Uh, today?
Yeah. Sorry, Gabi. I'm busy.
Maybe we can hang
out later in the week.
Oh. Okay.
See you in class.
'Cause I've got
a friend just like you.
Sometimes I wish I was a star.
Blinking brightly from afar.
Looking down on everything.
Thinking of the light I bring.
Sometimes I dream I was a fish.
Swimming everywhere I wish.
Moving smoothly
through the world.
But I'm always
glad to be a girl
I look up to the stars at night
I know that
everything's all right
I can be anything I want.
When I grow up,
I'll chase my dream
I'll change them to realities.
Who knows
the things I could achieve.
If I can just
always believe in me.
Keeping the faith
Think of the things you'll see.
If I can just, if I can just.
Always believe in me.
Always believe in me.
So then, Tessa
started playing her guitar,
and it was just like it was
before she went to music camp.
I feel like I have
my best friend back.
I am so happy for you, hon.
Oh, quiet, Rembrandt.
That dog's gonna eat me
out of house and home.
I've gotta get
him a dog biscuit.
Keep talking. I can hear you.
Oh, quiet.
So then Tessa and
I started painting
and laughing,
and singing and...
Mimi! Mimi!
Mimi! Mimi!
My leg.
Luis! Luis!
What's going on?
It's Mimi! She fell!
She tripped over Rembrandt.
He was so excited
to get his treat.
She's going to be okay, Saige.
She's a very strong woman.
But I feel like
I could have helped her.
It's not your fault, okay?
Trust me?
Saige. Saige!
Mimi! No!
Dad said I could come in for
five minutes and see you.
They said you had to
have an operation.
They sure don't try to make
this place very cheery.
I'd wave hello, but I broke
my wrist and my leg.
I was really scared, Mimi.
I know. Me, too.
Now, on to something
bigger and better.
How's the planning
for the protest getting on?
I don't want to think about art
or some dumb protest right now.
Don't say that.
Your art classes are too
important to stop fighting for.
Artists never give up.
Do it for me.
Promise me.
Good. Oh, good.
Now, I think I need to get
a little rest right now.
Okay. Bye.
I got your message
last night about Mimi.
I'm really sorry.
Thanks. But I'm sure
she's gonna be okay.
And she really wants
me to do this protest.
Well, then let's do it.
I hope you don't mind that I
invited Dylan to help us plan.
Uh, no, of course not.
Gabi's gonna help out, too.
The more, the merrier, right?
So, I came up with an idea when
I was visiting Mimi last night.
Her hospital room
was so boring and drab.
Everything was beige,
and all I could think was,
"How could anyone possibly
feel better in this room?"
And then I thought,
this is what
the world would
be like without art in it.
Boring and totally colorless.
So the idea for the protest is,
"A Day of Beige,"
the world without art.
That's a great idea!
It's totally genius!
Thanks. And I'm thinking
we can do it next Monday.
And have all
the students who want
to protest wear
only beige, no colors.
Well, I look terrible in beige.
Can't we do "A Day of
Pink" or something?
I mean, that was kind of
the whole point, but...
I have an even better totally genius idea.
You do?
A protest is great and all,
but who cares
if no one knows about it?
Everyone at school will know.
I'm talking, like,
the whole city.
How would
the whole city find out?
Hello! My mom's
a reporter for The Post!
I don't know
if we need to get...
Really? That's awesome.
I'll bet I can
get her to do, like,
a press conference
or something.
We'll get a ton of attention!
Now it's like a real protest.
Is that okay with you, Saige?
Sure. That does sound good.
Cool. So I'll talk
to my mom right away.
She knows so many reporters.
Okay, so what
we'll have to do is
we'll have to tell
everybody to wear beige.
And then we'll
have to talk about why
we love music
and art so much and why...
Hey, Saige! Wait up!
I saw you from
the window walking your dog.
What's his name?
Rembrandt. And it's more like
Rembrandt was walking me.
He's been
freaking out ever since
he came to stay with
us after Mimi's fall.
It's just like
he wants to be home with her.
I'm sorry, Saige.
It's okay.
I just wish she could come
see the Day of Beige.
Even though Dylan took over the whole
thing and made it all about her.
Yeah, Dylan's pretty intense.
And a press conference?
The last thing I want to do is talk
in front of a bunch of reporters.
but it's still a good idea.
If Dylan's mom can get
us all the publicity,
it'll all be worth it, right?
Yeah. I guess so.
What's wrong? Are you okay?
Yeah, I'm fine.
We'd better get going.
We have a protest
to get ready for, right?
Right! Come on.
Help save the art program.
On Monday, wear only beige.
Help save the art program.
On Monday, wear only beige.
Help save the art program.
On Monday, wear only beige.
Wear beige and protest.
Wear beige on Monday.
Almost everyone's
wearing beige now.
Good morning. What's this?
Okay. This is gonna be awesome.
Hey. Get rid of the green.
Come on.
Will the following students
please report
to Principal Laird's office?
Saige Copeland, Tessa Jablonsky,
Gabi Pea and Dylan Patterson.
I'm sure you all know
why you're here.
Are we in trouble?
That depends.
I'm hoping you can give
me some clarification.
Why are reporters
calling my office
asking me about an
after-school press conference?
And how does
this relate to the fact
that the majority of the student
body is wearing beige today?
I have to admit, the lack of
color is a little depressing.
So what gives?
Would you believe it's the
weirdest coincidence ever?
Go ahead. You can explain it.
Well, um, we kind of meant
for it to be depressing.
That's right. To show how the
world would be without art in it.
I guess you could
call it a protest.
I appreciate your enthusiasm,
and I agree with you that art
and music are important.
But I've fought
this battle before,
and I don't think a press
conference will help.
But we have to try, don't we?
Artists never give up.
The causes most
worth fighting for
are the ones you're
not sure you can win.
I just wish you girls had let
me know about this in advance.
We're really sorry. We
should have asked you first.
Yes, you should have.
And since you didn't, I really
should cancel that press conference.
But, I have to say,
I'm pretty impressed
with what you've done.
I am.
And if...
If I let this happen,
do you promise
never to do anything.
Like this again
without permission?
Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm.
Okay, then you can go ahead
with the press conference.
Okay! All right, girls!
Now, go. Get back to
class, all of you.
Thank you, Principal Laird.
I didn't think so many
people would show up.
Yeah. Isn't it great?
Maybe this protest
will really work.
Oh, look. My mom's gonna
ask the first question.
Hi, girls.
Pam Patterson from The Post.
Can you tell me, what is the
nature of this protest?
Our protest was about getting
art back in school this year.
We call it "A Day of Beige"!
Who came up with this?
Saige did.
Now, Saige, tell us
how you came up with the idea.
She asked
you a question, Saige.
It's okay. It's okay.
Saige, do you need a minute?
Saige, do you need a minute?
For most kids,
school is the only place
to learn about art
and music and dance.
What if right now, in school, there's
a future Picasso or Taylor Swift,
who will never get
the chance to shine
because they never get to
discover their love of the arts?
Not to mention, kids who
take art get better grades.
Now, that's
something worthwhile, huh?
There you are.
Are you all right?
Yes, I'm fine.
Did I ruin
the press conference?
Not at all.
Do you want to talk?
No. I just...
There were
a lot of people there,
and they were
all looking at me,
waiting for me
to say something,
and I didn't know what to say.
Saige! What happened?
Where'd you go?
Did you hear Dylan?
She did a great job.
What's wrong?
All of you girls
did a great job today.
I'm gonna do
what I can to help.
I can't promise anything,
but I'll try.
Don't be upset. We're gonna
get the art program back.
Girls, uh,
before you get too excited,
I called the school
board earlier today,
and they said
there's just no money
in the budget for
a full-time art teacher.
then what about a part-time?
Maybe like
an after-school thing.
You just might have
something there, Saige.
But we'd still need
to fund it ourselves.
Like, how much money?
My guess would be about
And we'd need to do
it by the second week
in October to get it
into this year's budget.
Wow. Let me just
check my piggy bank. Not.
How can we find all
that money in six weeks?
Well, I don't know.
But I do know you had quite
an artistic vision today.
And after pulling that off, I
have no doubt you'll find a way.
How can we possibly come up with
$5,000 in the next six weeks?
I mean, my allowance
is only $10 a week.
How about a fundraiser?
I mean, there must
be plenty of people in
your community who'd
support your cause.
A fundraiser. That could work.
And I know just
where to hold it.
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
The whole city shows up.
That's a great idea, Mimi.
The Fiesta's in a few
weeks and will give us
just enough time
to get everything ready.
And give you time to get better
so you can finish your mural and
lead the parade on Picasso.
I don't think so, Saige.
But you always lead the parade.
Well, not this time.
But you could.
You could lead the parade.
Every year, all of Albuquerque
expects a Copeland
to lead the parade.
- This year it could be you.
- But...
You're a great rider.
You know Picasso.
And it would only
take you a few days
to learn how to do the parade
gait and the scarf trick.
But there'll be so many
people there watching me.
What if I totally freak out?
You're used to being in front
of an audience. I'm not.
If I can't even talk in
front of a few people,
how can I ride
and do those fancy
parade moves
in front of a huge crowd?
I'm sorry, Mimi.
There's just no way.
Okay. I understand.
I know it would make a splash,
but the last thing I want to do
is ride Picasso in that parade.
if you want to make a splash,
I think I know
how you could do it!
No, Dad! No, no, no! Don't!
Hi, Rembrandt.
Are you sure you don't want
to ride in the parade?
Yeah. But it was weird.
Mimi didn't even try
to talk me into it.
The old Mimi would never
have given up so easily.
Do you think she'll
ever be the same again?
Look, I know it's hard
to see her like this.
But broken bones,
they take a long time to heal.
She can't ride or paint, all the
things that she loves to do most.
But she gets out
of the hospital tomorrow,
and then she's gonna go
in some physical therapy.
That's gonna help, too.
She just needs time.
And maybe...
Maybe she needs something
to look forward to.
Something like her granddaughter
leading the parade?
I never thought
about it like that.
You really think I could do it?
I know you can do it.
Think about how much
it would mean to Mimi.
Feel good to be home, Mom?
Well, it's nice not to be in the hospital.
That's for sure.
Hey, look at what I got
for you at the art store.
These are
felt-tipped brush pens.
The guy at the store said
they're super easy to use.
So, even though you
broke your right hand,
you can use them
with your left hand.
It's almost like
they draw for you.
That's great, sweetie, but I'm
just not up to it right now.
Oh. Okay. Maybe tomorrow.
Hey, I know something
that'll cheer you up.
I've decided
I'm going to do it.
I'm going to ride
Picasso in the parade.
Oh, that is wonderful, sweetie.
Hey. You really
think I can do this?
That makes one of us.
So, the Balloon
Fiesta is in a few weeks,
and we're still looking
for a really big idea
for a fundraiser to do there.
But until then, we can still
do some smaller fundraisers.
We've got $5,000 to raise
and not a lot of time.
Are you guys ready?
Oh, yeah. Ready.
I have a lot
of ideas we can do,
but tomorrow we'll start
with a lemonade stand.
A lemonade stand?
What are we, five?
I'm just saying right now
that I don't think we're
gonna raise a lot of money
from stuff like
lemonade stands.
Well, I think you're wrong.
Told you so.
Hey, guys. Let's rehearse
the show choir number.
Don't forget the harmonies in
the second verse, everybody!
Come on. Let's do this.
One, two, three, four.
Nothing bigger than the
step I'm about to take.
Here we go.
Start the music,
take a breath and fly away.
Here we go.
Isn't that show
choir rehearsing?
- They're crazy good.
- Uh-huh.
From the nearest star.
Nobody can stop me.
Let the rhythm rock me.
All the colors of my heart.
The lights around us.
A magic carpet ride.
The moment has arrived.
Here we go Oh! Oh!
We got a green light so
Oh, oh, oh!
Doesn't it feel like
this is the time we're
meant to shine like gold?
Here we go Oh, oh, oh.
We got a green light so
Oh, oh, oh.
Doesn't it feel like
this is the time we're
meant to shine like gold?
Here we go.
Awesome, guys.
Really good rehearsal.
Yeah! Thanks!
That was so awesome!
That was amazing!
Hey. Hey.
Sorry show choir
rehearsals ran over, but...
Wasn't that song just beyond?
I've never heard it before.
That's 'cause
Dylan just wrote it.
Wow. That's cool.
So, what's the final total?
That's not bad, right?
Yeah. We only have, what, 4,000
and a few dollars to go?
Another bake sale should do it.
Well, it's more
than we had last week.
Do you have any
better ideas, Dylan?
Uh, yeah, I do.
Well, we'd love to hear it.
I think we should do a concert
at the Balloon Fiesta.
I can write the songs.
People will love it!
But what does that have to do with art?
We're trying to save art.
And music. Besides, music
is so much more exciting.
All you can do with
art is look at it.
We can have dancing and singing.
It'll be so awesome!
But if you're not into it,
maybe you and Gabi
should come up
with your own art
fundraising idea,
and Tessa and I
can do a concert.
You don't think it would be
better if we work together?
We haven't come up
with anything good so far.
This way will be easier for us.
Right, Tessa?
I do think a show
would be so cool.
I'm sure you and I can come up with
something just as cool for art.
Don't you think?
Fine. We'll split up.
Come on. Let's start planning.
Are you okay, Saige?
Yeah. Why wouldn't I be?
Oh, I just thought...
Never mind.
Let's do this!
So, did you figure
everything out yet?
Come on, Picasso. Come on, boy.
Parade gait.
Let's go. Parade gait.
Come on, Picasso.
He senses you're nervous!
Come on, boy.
He needs to know
that you're in control.
Come on, Picasso.
So let's hear you!
Use your voice!
Come on, boy. Come on, Picasso.
It's never gonna work.
Maybe we just need
to take a break for today.
Try again tomorrow.
I'll get some
water for Picasso.
Okay. Come on, boy. Parade gait.
Come on, Picasso. Let's go.
Come on, boy. Parade gait.
You can do it.
That's it, boy!
Good boy!
- Good boy!
- You're doing it!
Don't stop. Keep going!
Come on, boy.
Come... Come on.
This is a disaster.
I'm fine when I'm by myself,
but the minute anyone is
watching, I get nervous.
If I can't even do
it in front of you,
how can I lead the parade in
front of hundreds of people?
Do you know what these are?
They're horse blinders.
Sometimes we put them on Picasso
when he needs help focusing.
They help the horse
focus on the task
in front of him by
blocking out distractions,
like crowds.
But they don't make blinders
for people, do they?
No, they don't.
But the mind can be a
pretty powerful thing.
So next time we
practice, I want you
to pretend that
you're wearing blinders,
just like Picasso.
I think it'll help to block out
all the other distractions.
What do you think?
I think I'm ready
to try anything.
And then we're all gonna have
this confetti and stuff,
and make sure you
don't get it in your eyes.
So, I talked to like 50 kids,
and almost everyone in school
is helping out Dylan and Tessa
with their fundraiser.
We need a killer
fundraising idea for art
to get more people on our side.
Want to come over to my house
and try to figure it out?
Well, um,
I'm supposed to go to Mimi's.
I can meet you there.
Or not.
No, no. That's totally fine.
We'll meet at Mimi's.
Are you sure?
Okay. Great!
And then all of the guys are
gonna get on the right side.
And then me and her...
You're doing so great, Mimi.
You're so close.
I got you. Okay.
Okay. We got you.
You're okay.
I'm done for the day.
But you're doing great.
You can't just give up.
Your granddaughter's right. Let's
work through it and try again.
- It hurts.
- I know.
But you need to try to
work through the pain.
It's the only way
you're gonna bounce back.
See, the muscles in your legs,
they need to be retrained...
I said no!
Look, I'm sorry. I just...
I need to rest.
Okay, Mimi. I understand.
Let's try again tomorrow, okay?
I'll just get my things.
- Bye.
- Bye.
I'll be out back
riding Picasso.
How's it going?
It's going great.
Just you wait till you see me in the parade.
You'll be amazed.
That's wonderful.
Okay, Picasso. It's time you
and I had a little talk.
I just told Mimi
things were going
really well between you and me.
And I don't want
that to be a lie.
There are going
to be a lot of people
at the parade,
and that scares me.
So we need to work together.
You need to help me out
with my blinders, okay?
Good boy, Picasso.
Good talk.
Ready to try the gait?
Remember, blinders, okay?
Remember our talk?
It's just Luis.
We can do this in
front of him, right?
Come on, boy.
Come on, Picasso.
We can do this.
Come on, boy.
Come on, boy.
Yes! That's what I'm talking about.
I knew you could do it!
Good boy. We got it!
Good job, boy.
I knew you could do it.
Way to go.
All it took was thinking about having
blinders on, and a little talk.
Never mind.
So next time, the scarves?
Can't hurt to try, right?
Mimi's such
an incredible artist.
Yeah. She was painting
that for the Fiesta.
She'll be back soon.
Who wouldn't want to
paint in this place?
I've never seen
such an awesome studio.
I would kill
to draw on this paper.
It's primo stuff.
My cartoons would
look so cool on it.
And these brushes.
This has got
to be natural hair.
I've only used the fake stuff.
And the acrylics!
Okay, Gabi. I get it.
Mimi has some
pretty cool stuff.
Sorry. I was just trying to...
I'm sorry.
I shouldn't have
freaked out like that.
I just don't bring
friends here very often.
I mean, this is a special
place for me and Mimi.
The only other person
who's been here is Tessa.
And now you.
I'm glad you're here.
Me, too.
Oh, no.
Dog hair and paint do not mix.
I'm gonna have
to start all over.
Actually, I think it
looks kind of neat.
It is kind of cool.
I could use the dog
hair to add texture.
Ooh, that's awesome!
It is, isn't it?
I've got an idea.
So, I was painting
in Mimi's studio and...
Some pieces of Rembrandt's
hair got stuck in the paint.
- So then I thought...
- So then she thought...
You tell it.
- No, sorry, you.
- I'm just so excited.
As much as
I'm enjoying story time,
maybe you could
get to the point?
Yeah, seriously. Some of us
have music class to get to.
So, the dog hair?
So instead of trying
to separate the dog
hair from the paint,
I just went with it.
And then I realized
that when I combined the two,
it made my art look better.
Sounds like a cool picture.
But what does this have to
do with the fundraiser?
I think we should put art and
music together in a big show.
We can invite other
students to help us.
Dancers, the orchestra.
But how do you
use art in a show?
That doesn't
even make any sense.
I'm not sure yet. But we've
had good ideas before.
Look at the Day of Beige.
We've spent a lot of time
on our music-only idea.
Are we supposed to
just scrap our whole thing
because some dog hair
got stuck in your painting?
Dylan, maybe
there's a way to combine
all the stuff
you've been working on.
But we wrote a song,
and we've gotten
a bunch of
the choir kids involved.
But when we add the art stuff,
it'll be even better.
Listen! Tessa and I already
have the music thing covered.
You and Gabi should just stick with
doing your own art fundraiser.
I think that maybe
Dylan has a point.
It's just that
everyone in choir has
been working
really hard on our song.
So you're just gonna go along
with whatever Dylan says.
I'm not just going
along with Dylan.
I agree with her, okay?
The old Tessa would've
listened to what I had to say.
"The old Tessa"?
What's that supposed to mean?
I mean that since you and Dylan
have been hanging out,
you're different.
Uh-huh, well, I could say
the same for you and Gabi.
Let's go, Tessa.
I am so sick of you!
What are you talking about?
Oh, like you don't know.
You take over everything!
You think you're so funny
and the greatest person ever.
But, really,
you're just totally annoying!
And I'm not the only
one that thinks so!
Stop it! Right now!
You say I'm acting different?
Well, you know what?
The old Saige
would never talk
to someone like that.
Come on, Dylan.
We've got to get to rehearsal.
Tessa, wait.
that didn't go as planned.
Oh, you're early.
I wasn't expecting you
for another half-hour.
I needed some extra Mimi time.
You okay?
Not really.
Want to talk about it?
I just want to forget about
today by painting with you.
I got the brush
pens I brought you.
I saw you hadn't
opened them yet.
Hon, that's
sweet of you, but...
No buts, Mimi.
So it's a little different
from what you're used to.
Remember what you told me?
"Change is hard, but we
shouldn't let it scare us."
Saige, you don't understand.
I have to accept that there are some
things I just can't do anymore.
I get that you can't ride
in the parade, but your art?
When you come see me
ride in the parade,
I know that it'll
make you feel better.
You are coming, aren't you?
Saige, I...
I just don't know if
I'm really up to it.
But you're getting better.
You have to get better.
You have to paint again.
Honey, I don't...
I don't think I'll be able to.
But you have to try.
Do you know how
hard I've been working?
Trying to raise money,
practicing riding Picasso.
I know I told you it was
going well, but it's not.
And I'm scared to ride
in front of all those people,
and I can't do the scarf trick.
I know you're scared, too,
but you can't give up!
- Saige, please.
- No!
The Mimi I know
would never give up.
Now that you've gotten the parade
gait, ready to try the scarves?
You sure? You seem
a little preoccupied.
I'm fine.
Well, then let's see
what you got.
Hey, honey. We came to see
our great horsewoman.
Looking good, sweetie.
Try the scarves, Saige.
Come on.
Find your balance.
You can do it!
Come on, Saige. Stay focused.
Don't let anyone distract you.
Try to stand up straight.
Come on, Saige. Don't give up.
Pull the scarves.
Come on. Keep going!
Pull the scarves, Saige.
Whoa, whoa, whoa...
I can't do it with
everyone watching me!
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Take it easy, Picasso. Take it easy.
Good boy.
Come on. I got you. You're okay.
Come on, Picasso. Good.
The Balloon Fiesta's gonna be
a complete and total bust.
I can't think of any
more fundraising ideas.
I can't ride Picasso
in front of people.
I can't do anything.
Saige, it's going to be okay.
No, it's not.
I just wish everything
would go back to normal,
when we had art class in
school, and Mimi was, well,
Mimi, and Tessa
was still my friend.
I want things to be the
way they were last year.
You know what?
I think I'd better get home.
Gabi, don't go!
Saige, it's going to be okay.
So, what do you think?
I think it's amazing.
Well, just think, in a few
weeks Tessa, you and I
will be up here in your
balloon at the Fiesta.
I'm not so sure about Tessa.
Why? What happened?
Dad, it's just...
Things have been
so weird lately.
I just don't understand
why everything has to change.
Yeah, well,
change can be scary.
It's easier to stay
with what we're used to.
But staying with
the same old thing
would get pretty
boring after a while, right?
Being friends with
Tessa was never boring.
Neither was Mimi
before she got hurt.
Of course not.
That's not what I meant.
Look, you're right.
Change can be really,
really hard.
But you know, sometimes
change can be good.
You know how I plot my course
before I go up in the balloon?
You mean how you try
to plot your course.
You never end up
going where you planned.
Ouch. That's cold.
But it's true.
And that's because
I can't plot
where the wind will blow.
I have to let it take me
where it wants to go.
And you know, a lot of
times, I end up someplace
way, way cooler than I
had ever, ever expected.
The wind has literally
pushed me in new directions.
Some people, they prefer
to stay on the ground.
That way, they can always
tell where they're going.
But me?
I'll take my
chances with the wind,
up here in the clouds, any day.
But what about Mimi?
Mimi will always be Mimi.
Even if she doesn't end up exactly
the way that she used to be.
She just needs to know that...
Well, she needs to know
that you'll love her.
You'll accept her,
no matter what.
You understand, sweetie?
Okay then.
Now what do you say we see
where the wind takes us?
Gabi, wait.
I'm sorry you had to see me
freak out like that at Mimi's.
I'm not the best when it comes
to changing all the time.
I really hope you forgive me.
It's okay. I get it.
Moving to a new school
is a big thing for me, too.
It's been hard to get used to.
Well, it seems like
you're dealing
with change way
better than I am.
I'm happy you moved here.
Me, too.
Come on. Race you to class.
Hi, Mimi.
I'm sorry about
what I said the other day.
I shouldn't have
gotten mad like that.
I get that you need to do
things in your own time.
And whatever you need,
I'll always be here for you.
I love you.
I love you, too.
And even though you can't actually
be at the parade with me,
you'll still be with me.
You know what I mean?
I know exactly what you mean.
You gotta keep your
arms straight, Saige.
The scarves keep
getting tangled.
We've been out here for a long time.
We can try again tomorrow.
No. I have to keep trying.
I think that's the best thing
you've ever painted.
You're really talented.
I hope it's okay
that I came by.
I know you used to like it when
I'd come hang out
while you painted.
But now...
Look, you were right about
the idea for the fundraiser.
I was?
I was in choir today,
and I got so caught up
with the new
harmonies we learned.
And then I started thinking
how awful it would be if I
didn't have music class anymore.
And I realized
I'd be feeling just like
you're feeling
about not having art.
It doesn't feel good.
I know it doesn't.
We should work together.
But what about Dylan?
I'm sorry I didn't think about
how that would make you feel
if I started hanging
out with Dylan more.
I guess I just didn't realize
what that would be like
until I saw you and Gabi finishing
each other's sentences.
I got...
I got jealous.
You did?
Yeah. I mean, you and I
are supposed to do that.
And I should have
told you how I felt
instead of
exploding the way I did.
I'm sorry, too.
So, are you still mad at me?
How could I stay mad at you?
Now the only thing left for me
to worry about
is the fundraiser.
And the $5,000.
Yeah, speaking of that.
Dylan messed it all up.
She went so hard core that pretty
much everyone dropped out.
- No way.
- Yeah.
That's why it's even more
important that we work together.
That sounds great.
But without an idea for a fundraiser,
there's nothing to work on.
- Is that Mimi's?
- Yeah.
She was painting
it for the Fiesta.
- Well, it's even better than last year's.
- Yeah.
But she didn't get
to finish it before her fall.
So now not only Mimi will miss the
Fiesta, but so will her painting.
I've got an idea.
Hey, guys. How's it going?
It's going amazing.
- Let me hear some.
- Okay.
Love it!
Keep up the good work, guys.
Right. Okay. See you.
- See you.
- From the top?
Do you want to help?
Really? You want me to help?
We haven't got a lot of time, and you
already know parts of the dance.
I know everyone's
mad at me right now.
Guess I can't blame them.
Look, I'm sorry for trying
to take over everything.
I just get excited
and want to make sure
I get to be included in things.
And then, when I get nervous,
I try to cover it
up by making jokes.
Wait. You get nervous?
Of course.
Especially around you.
Me? Why?
Because I know you and Tessa
have this epic friendship thing.
That made me jealous.
But I was jealous of you.
I'm really sorry
I blew up at you.
And I should have
told you how I felt
instead of complaining
behind your back.
I could probably learn a few
things about speaking up from you.
Oh, I can so help you in
that department. For sure.
Why don't you go over and have
Tessa teach you the new song?
Come on.
So what are we doing here?
We're learning a song.
- Yeah.
- So...
The 16th Annual
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
would like to welcome balloonists
from around the globe.
Come and see the skies
filled with brilliant color.
We can do this, right?
It's just like doing it in Mimi's
corral in front of Tessa and Gabi,
times 100.
- There she is.
- Oh, yeah. There she is.
You're here.
I couldn't miss the debut
of my granddaughter.
You're walking.
I wanted to surprise you.
Luis made me
this beautiful cane.
Or as I prefer to call it,
my fancy walking stick.
I couldn't just leave it gathering
dust in my living room.
I'm so glad you're here.
But I'm also really nervous.
There are a lot of people here.
What if I freak out again?
And I don't think I'll be
able to do the scarf trick.
Hon, just being here
is an accomplishment.
If you don't do the
scarf trick, who cares?
You've already
succeeded in my book.
Thanks, Mimi.
I'm the one
who needs to thank you.
For what?
For this.
They're incredible.
I've never seen you
draw like this before.
You inspired me, Saige.
You're my muse.
I am?
You reminded me that there's...
There's still a lot
of fight left in me.
Thanks to you.
Welcome, one and all, to the 16th
Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
- This is so exciting.
- I know!
As you all may have heard,
our usual grand marshal,
the internationally
renowned artist,
Mimi Copeland,
has taken a tumble
and will not be able
to start the parade.
But taking her place
will be her granddaughter,
Saige Copeland!
Go, Saige!
You hear that, Picasso?
It's almost time.
So without
further ado, I give you
the Fiesta de
Albuquerque Parade!
Ready or not,
Picasso, here we go.
There she is.
Here she comes.
You got it, Saige!
Come on, Saige.
Blinders. Blinders.
Blinders. Blinders.
Blinders. Blinders.
Blinders. That's it.
Whoo-hoo! That's my girl!
Go, Saige!
Blinders. Blinders. Blinders.
- What's going on?
- I don't know.
You could lead the parade.
There will be so
many people there.
Well, I was nervous the first time
I performed in front of a crowd.
What if I totally freak out?
Come on, Saige. Stay focused.
Sometimes the causes
most worth fighting for
are the ones you're
not sure you can win.
I can't do it with
everyone watching me!
Stay focused.
Don't let anyone distract you!
I can't ride Picasso
in front of people.
You're in control!
The Balloon Fiesta's gonna be
a complete and total bust!
All artists have a voice.
Let's hear you! Use your voice!
- I can't do anything!
- You're in control.
You could lead the parade.
You really think I could do it?
Of course you can.
Artists never give up.
Come on, Picasso. Let's go.
That's my girl.
Oh, my gosh!
That's it! Whoo!
That's my girl.
That's it!
Ladies and gentlemen,
we invite you
to the Kimo Theatre
for a special fundraiser,
supporting art and music programs
at Mesa Grande
Elementary School.
Good afternoon, Albuquerque!
Okay, okay. I know you're
excited, and frankly, so am I.
As you all may know,
we're trying to raise $5,000
to pay for an
after-school art program.
Participation in the arts has
countless benefits for students.
It increases
verbal and math skills
as well as critical thinking,
and gives kids
a confidence boost.
We've already
raised close to $2,000,
but we've still
got $3,000 more to go.
So get out
your checkbooks, people.
And enjoy the performance.
And now, I give you Living Art.
Artists live to create.
And experiencing their art
makes us feel alive.
It's my painting.
But tonight, let us bring
art to life for you.
The time is here.
Gotta face your fears.
When it seems like
the sky is falling down.
You stand up tall.
You give it all.
The moment of truth
just might be now.
Today is getting brighter.
All because you
opened up your eyes.
What happens next?
You take a step.
Get ready to fly.
You're only one voice.
But over the noise
just let your song be heard.
A dream that's all yours
becomes so much more.
Becomes an extraordinary world.
It's all right
to dance for your life.
To place this feeling first.
There's only one you.
Your colors shine through.
To paint an extraordinary world.
Wait. Not yet.
Get ready, get ready.
Get ready, get ready.
Get ready, get ready.
Get ready to fly.
You're only one voice.
But over the noise
just let your song be heard.
Let your song be heard.
A dream that's all yours
becomes so much more.
Becomes an extraordinary world.
It's all right It's all right.
To dance for your life
It's your life.
To place this feeling first.
There's only one you.
Your colors shine through.
To paint an extraordinary world.
No. No.
Come on, Saige. Take a bow.
- No!
- They want to see you.
Saige! Come on.
Thank you, everyone!
And now, I have
the final fundraising tally.
Today's donations have given
us a grand total of...
Please, please, please.
Well, here we go.
So close.
Well, a valiant
and close effort.
So on behalf
of Mesa Grande Elementary,
I'd like to thank you
all for coming today...
Do you mind if I say something?
Of course not.
I'm Saige Copeland, and
speaking in front of all of you
is pretty much my greatest
nightmare come to life.
But I learned a lot
about facing my fears today.
And now I'd have to say
my greatest nightmare would be
not having art or dance
or music in school.
Art is everything to me.
It's the first thing I
think about when I wake up
and the last thing I think
about before I fall asleep.
And there are a lot of
kids who feel like I do.
Art makes us feel
good about ourselves.
It's a way to show the world,
you guys, who we are.
It gives us a voice.
Gives me a voice.
So please, please,
help us bring this
program back to life.
Thank you.
You were awesome!
That was so good.
I can't believe I did it.
I'm so proud of you.
One second.
Oh, I'm so proud of you.
That's my girl.
Well, I think you
just found your voice.
I guess I did.
Thank you.
For everything.
I'm happy to announce
that today's donations have
let us hit the $5,000 mark!
Mesa Grande Elementary
will have
an art program this year!
Look, my design!
Wow! Amazing.
It's incredible!
Totally beyond beyond!
I'm so glad I didn't miss it.
Me, too. Come on.
Hey, Dad.
Hey. Come on in.
Come on.
Whoa. This is so beautiful.
- Is it gonna be scary?
- Look at that pink one right there!
Oh, man.
- You guys ready to go?
- Yeah!
Let's do this. Here we go.
Wow, so cool!
Whoa, look!
Look at those people!
They look like ants!
Whoa, look!
Look over here!