Elkins Cinema 8 presented the West Virginia film "Angel's Perch" for the first time in the area with two showings Monday. Filmmakers brought the movie to Elkins after a successful world premiere in Charleston on Sunday.
People from all over the region attended both Elkins showings, totaling more than100 tickets sold for the day, theater officials said.
"It's so great to see people react so positively," screenwriter J.T. Arbogast, who also stars in the film, said after Monday night's showing. "The film is doing exactly what we wanted it to do. We are so happy that people are recognizing it as their story."
The film, shot almost entirely in Cass, is the story of a man who, after a call from the caretaker of his sick grandmother, leaves his busy life in order to help take care of her in the small town where he spent his childhood. As a result, his past and present lives collide and end up changing him and the people he encounters in ways none of them could have ever expected.
The film also deals with Alzheimer's, showing the struggles of those afflicted with the disease and those of their loved ones and caretakers. The film was produced in conjunction with the West Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The filmmakers described it as a love letter not only to those affected by Alzheimer's but also to everyone in West Virginia.
"The experience of Alzheimer's does not end," said Kimberly Dilts, the producer of the film, when asked how the story deals with Alzheimer's. "There is no definitive end for this disease, and no one is ever off the hook. We worked to capture that honestly in the film."
"We wanted to capture the family aspect within the state," said Arbogast, elated Monday by all the positive buzz after the film's showing. "We wanted to show the world how West Virginia is one big family."
Arbogast and Dilts stuck around after the Monday evening showing in Elkins for a question and answer session, fielding questions from audience members about the filming process. Many audience members just took time to share their experience with Alzheimer's.
"Angel's Perch" is playing at 12:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. today at Elkins Cinema 8. Various showings also are scheduled in Huntington, Charleston, Beckley, Wheeling and Morgantown, and the film will play next week in Pocahontas County, where the film was shot.
For more information about the film, to see a complete list of showings or to reserve your tickets, go to angelsperch.com or the film's Tugg page at www.tugg.com/events/4407.
Contact Chad Clem by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.