'Scrooge and Marley' continues crowd funding, moves to post-production

Wed. July 25, 2012 11:44 PM by Anthony Morgano

Series of Christmas in July events for 'Scrooge and Marley'

Chicago, IL - "Scrooge and Marley," a new gay adaptation of Dickens' classic holiday tale shot here in Chicago, is throwing a series of "Christmas in July" parties to help raise the necessary funds to complete their film, which is now in post-production.

Shooting for the film, which took place in several locations around the city, including parks, a cemetery, private residences and Man's Country's upstairs, wrapped in mid May. Over the last two months co-director and editor Peter Neville has spent his days in front of a computer creating the movie's first trailer, which was released earlier this month, and recently completing the rough cut of the film. According to Neville, the promotional parties are being held "to increase visibility and build excitement for the movie as we slowly approach the holiday season and to raise funds to help us with post production."

"Special effects, color correction, sound editing and mastering, additional music recording... all have to be done to the film and we need the financial support of the community and friends of the movie to accomplish these things," Neville told ChicagoPride.com.

The "Christmas in July" campaign's main event takes place July 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Boystown's 3160 piano bar and cabaret, 3160 N Clark Street, where scenes from the movie were shot. Co-director and co-writer Richard Knight Jr. and Becca Kaufman, who appears in the film alongside Knight, are performing several numbers throughout the evening, including a special performance of the film's theme "Christmas Eve Is Coming Soon." Partygoers can also expect to view the movie's trailer, as well as special behind-the-scenes photos from the film and mingle with locally-based members of the cast and crew.

Another promotional party takes place the following evening, July 27, at the home of David and Lee Neubecker in River Forest at 7:30 p.m. This party is being presented as a co-event with OPALGA, the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association and is open to public. To RSVP and obtain the address for this event, please contact Brad Bartels at 708-557-3003.

The final cut is set to be finished in two weeks, at which time another fundraiser is being held at Katerina's, 1920 W Irving Park Road near the three-way intersection with Damen and Lincoln, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event features another song from the film, "A Little Bit of Christmas," written by Chicago-based performer Jeannie Tanner. Lisa McQueen, who wrote the the score for "Scrooge and Marley" and frequently plays with Tanner will perform, along with special musical guests Jenny Dragon and Sarah Marie Young.

"Our ‘Scrooge and Marley' group has become like a family," Neville told ChicagoPride.com. "It's a family that keeps growing as more people become aware of the movie, which is wonderful!"

"Scrooge and Marley" is a modern-day variation of "A Christmas Carol" that retells the story from a gay perspective. Native Chicagoan David Pevsner and former Saturday Night Live and Second City cast member Tim Kazurinsky star as the hum-bug Scrooge and the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, respectively. David Strzepek and the Windy City Times' Tracy Baim reunite as executive producers of the film, which also features performances by Rusty Schwimmer, Bruce Vilanch, Megan Cavanaugh, Ronnie Kroell, David Moretti, JoJo Baby and many more.

"Scrooge and Marley" is being funded largely by an IndieGoGo campaign and is asking the community to get in the Christmas spirit (in July) and make contributions to help them finish the film for this upcoming holiday season -- even the smallest donation goes a long way. For more information about the film and its promotional events, please visit www.scroogeandmarleymovie.com or go to http://www.indiegogo.com/ScroogeMarley to see the trailer and make a donation.

Look for "Scrooge and Marley," and its accompanying soundtrack, between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year!