Testimonials

Bob's trail hiking efforts reflect the ups and downs of life itself: being inspired to achieve one's goals despite what might seem to be overwhelming physical and medical obstacles." I would recommend this film to people of any age and ability as it highlights the relationship between effort and achievement, the awesome beauty of nature and the outdoors, and overcoming all the rocks and obstacles on the trail and in life.

— David L. Jaffe
Instructor of Assistive Technology Course,
Stanford University

4 Wheel Bob is an outwardly modest film of immense emotional import, investigating the spirit of a man in a wheelchair, a seasoned California outdoorsman named Bob Coomber, whose goal is to be the first to ascend Kearsarge Pass in the High Sierra under his own steam. The film, a work of quietly ravishing artistry, puts us in mind of ancient myths while telling a simple, earthbound contemporary story.

The film will be an excellent teaching tool in creative writing courses because of its clever shaping of a compelling narrative via spoken words, and in technical filmmaking courses as well as environmental studies programs and programs of disability studies. It touches on a range of crucial policy issues, such as disability accommodations and funding for state and national parks. The many potential educational uses for 4 Wheel Bob pale, however, beside its value as a stand-alone work of meticulous understanding: a fully humane work that moves and instructs us with every image.


— Robert Roper,
Emeritus Professor, The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University, and author of Fatal Mountaineer, Now the Drum of War, Nabokov in America and other works in American Cultural Studies




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