• A diagram of cones and rods in a healthy eye

Jack Marchetti is a local computer programmer who’s long held ambitions of becoming a screenwriter. Though he’s placed in some screenwriting contests and his website notes that one of his scripts is “currently under option,” none of his of his work has yet been brought to life. Marchetti’s currently working to change that, teaching himself about directing and producing movies so he can realize a crime drama script called “Four of a Kind.” It’s urgent that he does this soon, as Marchetti has a rare visual impairment called cone-rod dystrophy, which puts him at risk of going blind in the next few years. The other day I talked to him about his condition, smoking weed, and what he’s learned so far about independent filmmaking. Our conversation follows the jump.