June 27--"ANGEL'S PERCH" is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carmike Cinemas in the Morgantown Mall. Cost is $10. A limited number of tickets are available at http://tugg.com/events/ 4407.
"Angel's Perch," an independent movie filmed in West Virginia, will have a screening at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carmike Cinemas.
The film made its world premiere June 17 at FestivALL in Charleston.
Produced by J.T. Arbogast, the film is set and was filmed in Cass.
"Having the world premiere at FestivALL couldn't have been more right," Arbogast said.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, Arbogast spent much time in Pocahontas County as a child with his grandparents.
"We have a lot of ties to the area," Arbogast said. "I wrote this film very much as a love letter to the state and the area. Very rarely do you see West Virginia portrayed positively."
Area civil defense attorney Parween Mascari became involved with the film in it's beginning stages and became an associate
"I don't even know how I became an associate producer,"
said Mascari, who helped with fundraising and was an extra in the film, along with her husband and two young daughters. "I just really wanted to help them once I heard the story. It's a beautiful concept; it's a beautiful film."
The film follows Jack, played by Arbogast, as he returns to West Virginia to care for his ailing grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Foundation supports the film.
"We 're pretty mainstream in the story," said Arbogast. "We want to show an audience that
cost a fraction of the blockbusters can still be a good s t o r y. "
Initially, Arbogast was told his film couldn't be done for less than $500,000.
The final budget for the film though was roughly $120,000. "We made the decision that come hell or high water, we were gonna make the film," he said. Arbogast and his wife Kim worked together to produce the film. Both have produced theatre before, but this is their first movie. "We decided to take control of our career," he said. "We decided to produce our own movie."
It was a difficult feat to take on, and Arbogast said the location of the filming didn't make things easier.
Without cell phone reception and in an area difficult to travel to, the cast and crew relied on the community's help.
"It's very much a film made by the community," Arbogast said.
Cass area businesses and residents offered lodging and food to the cast and crew during filming.
"It's a testament to all of the volunteers," Mascari said of the completion and success of the film. "The way everyone came together in this film, it was extraordinary to see."
As for the residents of Cass and Pocahontas County, Arbogast is grateful.
"It's their film as much as it is ours," Arbogast said. "We knew if the film was gonna be successful, it was gonna have to be embraced by the state and community."
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