Chicago and Oak Park libraries will host screenings of the home-grown holiday film Scrooge & Marley this month.
The movie, which was entirely shot in the Chicago area, is a modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol.
The Oak Park chapter of PFLAG, OPALGA ( Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ) and SAGE ( West Suburban Senior Services ) co-sponsor the screening of the film at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. The free Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. screening will be followed by an after-party that will include a festive carol sing-a-long with Becca Kaufman, one of the film's co-stars and a west suburban resident. The party. with refreshments, will be at First United Church, 848 Lake Street, until 6 p.m. Members of the film's creative team will attend the screening and party. http://opalga.org/
The Chicago Public Library will round out the season when they host two free screenings of the film, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, at the Humboldt Park branch, 1605 N. Troy St., and Monday, Dec. 22, at the Bezazian branch, 1226 W. Ainslie St. Members of the film's creative team will also attend these screenings.
Audiences of all persuasions have embraced Scrooge & Marley, which stars David Pevsner as Scrooge, Tim Kazurinsky as Marley's Ghost, Rusty Schwimmer, Megan Cavanagh, Ronnie Kroell, and David Moretti, features multiple Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch as Fezziwig, and is narrated by two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Light. Members of the cast and crew will be on hand for both screenings. Advance tickets are available at www.musicboxtheatre.com
DVDs, Blu-rays, soundtrack CDs and other film related merchandise will be available for purchase. Scrooge & Marley, which noted film critic and Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas author Alonso Duralde has called "sweet and distinctive," is also available for download via the movie's website, which also includes detailed information about the film and links to other related merchandise available for purchase. Amazon has the DVD, Blu-ray and soundtrack available for quick purchase and gifting. See www.scroogeandmarleymovie.com .