NIKOLAS SOREN GOODICH, 52, is a mixed-race native Angeleno.
Nikolas is a writer of screenplays, memoirs, and magical realism fiction and he’s also a visual artist – a painter - specializing in a unique type of monoprint painting. He’s exhibited his art across the U.S. since 1990 including a 2015 show in Berlin. He was also a professional musician for over twenty years. His father was Frederic Goodich ASC (rip 2016), a respected Director of Photography in the film industry. Frederic instilled in his son a passionate love for cinema and Nikolas has remained obsessed with the history of film and the writing and production of movies his entire life.
The screenplay, “Thee Arkansaw Bear,” is a real “labor of love,” being a collaboration between him and his mother, DR. LENI A. SORENSEN PHD, 80, also a native Angelino, who lives in Virginia. DR. SORENSEN is a noted African American historian. Her expertise in the complexities of the history of the Black experience in the USA for over 400 years is encyclopedic.
When Dr. Sorensen was a young child in Los Angeles in the late 40s and early 50s, her favorite book was The Arkansaw Bear by Albert Bigelow Paine, Mark Twain’s best friend and biographer. The original children’s story TAB (The Arkansaw Bear) was published in 1897. It was a best seller! While Nikolas was a very young boy in the 70s, his mother read him the book and always told him how she wanted to write a movie of it. In the early 90s she wrote a treatment, and in the early 00’s Nikolas was inspired to start writing the screenplay by a set of epiphanies he had.
Since 2014 he and his mother have been working on the first draft and here it is, just finished about a month ago. They are hard at work on the second draft now, having gotten great feedback from friends, family, readers, and amazing people from the film industry.
THEE ARKANSAW BEAR Budget: $30M+ | Musical ⋄ Fantasy In Arkansas, 1869, a violin playing Bear with the power to transform into a Black man is befriended by an orphaned Black boy who helps him run away from the circus. Together they travel down the Mississippi to New Orleans singing and performing while King Leopold II of Belgium’s evil agents follow close behind, intent on shipping the magic bear to Europe to be dissected to find out the source of his magical powers.