The Story of Bobby
Bobby was never supposed to be produced. The screenwriter, Chris Staron, was frustrated with trying to write to the restrictions of the Christian audience: have a strong father character, an old man who shares the gospel, a cancer patient, a car accident, etc. So he wrote a screenplay for himself.
That was it. It wasn't supposed to be anything more than an exercise. Until producer Nick Staron said they should make it.
Thus began a difficult and obstacle-laden process. "We were at a disadvantage," said Chris. "We didn't go to a mega church. We don't know a lot of rich people, and couldn't line up financing. We'd worked in LA on expensive TV and film shoots, but couldn't even afford to match the food budget on those projects. Our cast and crew were volunteers culled from LA, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York City. We shot it on the best camera we could afford (high-definition cameras were very expensive them) and edited it ourselves.
"We loved the idea of treating goth kids with respect. In the movie they are funny, empathetic, and 3D. Not an object of fear. Christ ought to break down our 'us vs them' mentality. But so many of us live in fear of people who dress differently than us.
"Our ultimate identity should be in Christ. Not in the things of this work, our relationships, money, popularity, or our belongings. Christ must come first."