Tioga County movie fans will have the opportunity to see an autobiographical film by a new filmmaker.
“Right Before Your Eyes,” is the story of a man who yearns to see his young autistic son, but an intense battle with alcoholism keeps him from his dream.
Once homeless, David Vincent Bobb, of Lebanon, turned his life struggle into an inspirational story that is brought to life on the big screen and will be shown in the Victoria Theater, Blossburg Sept. 20-26.
Bobb is coming to the Victoria Monday, Sept. 23 for the 7 p.m. showing.
The 75-minute film covers 14 years of Bobb’s life, starting with what he calls “the dark days,” when he walked away from his responsibilities as a father to pursue his dream of becoming an actor in New York City.
Though he says he got some acting work, it was “not enough to make a difference.”
“I had a job in a nice restaurant to help meet expenses, but that fell apart when I started drinking too much,” he said.
He felt guilty for not being there for his young son when he “really needed me.”
Bobb said that is when he started writing his story; it was an “attempt at a healing process.”
“With the help of God in my life and friends who believed in me, no matter what, the story was eventually finished,” he said.
He eventually left New York to get help at the Bethesda Mission, Harrisburg, where he stayed for nine months.
“I am convinced God led me there and I’m alive today because of that mission,” he said.
When it was finally time to turn his manuscript into a screenplay, Bobb said he got “some great advice to turn what read like a play into an actual screenplay.”
“People who read and supported the script got on board with the message of the film, which is there is always hope, as long as you believe,” Bobb said.
He also credits the prayers of his mother, who he said “prayed for me every day.”
Tonya McNamara, who with her husband Tom owns the Victoria, said she was contacted by David Bobb by phone.
“He had a distributor for his film and was doing the groundwork for distribution. I was impressed with his enthusiasm. When I looked at the trailer and his film awards I felt it was something to take a chance on,” she said.
“I guess that is the advantage of an independent business — you get to do what you want,” she added.
McNamara said she “also knows my customer base likes faith-based, feel-good type films. And, the addiction and autism focus of the film I thought would reach people with that interest,” she added.
The Victoria was the first theater that signed on to play his movie and excited the author, McNamara said.
“He came to Blossburg to meet us and visit the theater,” she said.
“It usually is up to the theater to promote and the film company to produce the promotional posters and still photos and promotional text that can be used. First time film producers need a chance, it may not be a blockbuster but if people come and enjoy it and become inspired in some way by the film, that is the goal,” McNamara added.