BRIDGEPORT — “The Queen of Cass,” or J.T. Arbogast’s grandmother, was the inspiration for his debut film.
It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cinemark 10 Theater at Meadowbrook Mall.
The film is set in Cass, Pocahontas County, where Arbogast, a former Pennsylvania resident, used to visit his grandmother during his childhood years.
“I always knew I had wanted to write something about it. I wanted to highlight that childhood,” Director Arbogast said of his film, “Angel’s Perch.”
The main character ends up rediscovering his home when his grandmother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and can’t live by herself.
“They try to portray someone with Alzheimer’s as close to reality as possible and what their family would go through,” Associate Producer Parween Mascari said.
The characters aren’t perfect, but that’s part of the power of the story, Parween indicated.
Arbogast started writing the screenplay in 2010 and filmed it last September.
The director used a special website to generate financial backing, and another website to select the best places to show the film.
The movie premiered in June at FestivALL in Charleston. Two more sold-out screenings followed in Morgantown. “Angel’s Perch” is also to be shown in big theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas.
The crew received plenty of positive feedback in Morgantown, Mascari said.
“It’s something to be proud of. It shines a positive light in West Virginia as compared to other ... films and helps the Alzheimer’s Association,” Arbogast said.
The film also underscores the value of home and shows off Cass, which Mascari said has plenty to offer.
Film officials hope to leverage the success into a TV deal and holiday DVDs.
At press time, there were 30 tickets available for the Meadowbrook Mall showing.
Staff writer Ashlie Walter can be reached at (304) 626-1445 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org