Tal Skloot | United States | 2016 | Documentary | 72 min | 14A
Director Tal Skloot has made a compelling portrait of Bob Coomber, a singularly optimistic man who intends to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the famed 11,845 foot Kearsage Pass hiking trail. An avid outdoorsman from childhood until an illness confines him to a wheelchair, Bob returns to his first love despite his changed circumstances. The film chronicles his training efforts in the gym, as he strengthens his arms and upper body to prepare for the major climb over the Kearsage Pass. The film follows him as he hikes increasingly more rugged terrain in his wheelchair, supported by family and friends in an effort to prove that his wheelchair is no hindrance to living a full life.
Tal Sklootʼs feature length documentary film ʻFreeway Philharmonicʼ (2010) was broadcast nationally on PBS and toured the globe as part of the U.S. State Department/IDA sponsored American Documentary Showcase, showing worldwide in film festivals and universities.
Tal is also a skilled producer, cameraman and editor with a credit list of twenty 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. Tal is a graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) and is an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University and the Diablo Valley College film department.