Osio Theater: Documentary "4 Wheel Bob" and Director Q&A
Multi-day event from Fri Nov 17, 2017 to Sat Nov 18, 2017
Osio Theater proudly presents 4 Wheel Bob, a documentary film directed by Tal Skloot, beginning Friday, November 17. 4 Wheel Bob tells the story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada.
On November 17 at the 7pm screening and November 18 at the 5pm and 7pm screenings, Osio will host question and answer sessions with the director. Tal is a skilled producer, cameraman, and editor with a credit list of 20 feature-length documentaries and narrative films that have won multiple Emmy awards, been broadcast nationally on PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS, and appeared in numerous national and international film festivals.
Bob Coomber grew up in Piedmont, California, amid a family of avid backpackers. In his early twenties, he began training to become a police officer, but one day, while hiking in the Sierra he tripped and, as he says, "my leg exploded into a thousand pieces." Now he must use a wheelchair to get around. After a period of severe depression, Bob recovered and adopted a philosophy of “no excuses,” leading to years of ambitious wheel chair hiking to get his health back.
Kearsarge Pass is a classic high approach into the Eastern Sierra, 10 miles north of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The famously steep and prolonged trail to the Pass unfolds with Kings Canyon National Park providing the dramatic backdrop. For Bob in his wheelchair, this adventuring is fraught with danger. This story of overcoming immense obstacles will inspire us to look at our own self-imposed limitations and perhaps reach beyond what we think is possible.