WANT TO GO?
WHERE: Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance tickets $10, at the door $15
INFO: 800-838-3006 or www.angelsperch.com/tickets/
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sunday night, the Capitol Center Theater is rolling out the red carpet for the world premiere of West Virginia's own "Angel's Perch."
The film, shot last fall in Pocahontas County, completed post-production over the winter. The movie's producers, husband and wife J.T. Arbogast and Kim Dilts, are in West Virginia this week and looking forward to sharing their little movie about a family's struggle with Alzheimer's disease in a small town.
They're glad to be here, but kind of glad it's over, too.
"It took almost three and a half years from beginning to end," Arbogast said. "We got there with a lot of help from a lot of talented and dedicated people. It's been an amazing journey."
Many of these people were from the town of Cass. The pair credited them with going above and beyond what anyone expected to help make their film a reality.
"There were just a lot of good people there," Arbogast said.
"Angel's Perch" began as a passion project promoted on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. Using a story based on Arbogast's family experiences in West Virginia, the couple asked for $25,000 to make their movie.
Their campaign was wildly successful, and they wound up with about $5,000 more than they asked for. But it was still not nearly enough to make a movie.
Still, they persevered, scraped and scrounged to get "Angel's Perch" made. They found funding and equipment through different grants. They partnered with the Alzheimer's Association and took advantage of the tax credit offered through the West Virginia Film Office.
"We refinanced my car to make this film," Dilts said with a laugh. "We learned a lot about raising money. This movie really was a crash course in using different kinds of income streams."