Jerry Bisantz, the Lowell-based actor, playwright and artistic director of Image Theater Company, gets a close-up this weekend when his film, "Memories for Sale," is featured at the first Waltham Film Factory Festival being held at the Charles River Museum of Industry, 154 Moody St., Waltham.
Bisantz wrote the screenplay based on his award-winning play and stars in the film, along with Dave Sullivan and Bob Colonna, son of the legendary comic Jerry Colonna. Christian DeRezendes directed the film. Ann Garvin, Bisantz's Image partner, co-produced.
Shot in Lowell several years ago, it deals with an aging comedian, his long-held secret and the pressure he's under to reveal it in his about to be published biography.
The film will be shown as the finale on Friday, Dec. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
"There are many short films being shown-- some as short as three minutes," Bisantz said. "Mine is actually the longest and will be in the second half of the evening after a brief intermission."
Tickets are $10 and available at 781-893-5410.
The film has been shown at various festivals. This marks the first time Waltham has had such a festival.
"It will be interesting to see how they do on their maiden voyage, but I do believe that Lowell needs one, too," said Bisantz.
Visit www.filmfreeway.com for info on the festival.
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On the marquee
HIP-HOPPIN' CLASSIC: Chelmsford native Eva Price is a Broadway producer with a proven success record. She has won two Tony Awards, including one for producing "Dear Evan Hansen," winner of the 2017 Tony for Best Musical. She also produced the Drama Desk-winning "The Lion," which launched its national tour at the MRT in Lowell. Among her more than 15 Broadway plays, musicals and concerts, one of her favorites is "Hip Hop Nutcracker," which comes to Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre this Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15-16, on its holiday national tour. "This is the only show in my repertoire that's for everyone -- kids, adults, white or people of color," Price said recently. The family-friendly show brings the traditional "Nutcracker" to life in modern-day New York City. It re-imagines and remixes Tchaikovsky's classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography using a dozen all-star dancers, and on-stage DJ and an electric violinist that brings a contemporary vibe to the production. "I'm in love with it," said Price. "It's heart-warming and fits in with what I look for in the shows I produce -- a universal experience that makes people want to talk about it." The show receives raves wherever it plays, and Price is excited to bring it to Boston this season. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and up at www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com.
TINY TIM'S TAKE: Greater Boston Stage presents "Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol," a joyful, family-friendly spin on the holiday classic on stage through Dec. 23 in Stoneham. Adapted from the Charles Dickens novel by Tony Award winner Ken Ludwig and his son Jack, the heartwarming, hourlong Christmas tale is full of family fun for all ages. Sarah Elizabeth Bedard directs the production, which features Steven Barkhimer, Bridgette Hayes, Alex Jacobs and Paul Melendy, as well as Young Company members John Pagliarulo and Toni Turilli. A sensory-friendly performance will be offered Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets $25, adults; $20, seniors and students with valid ID. Call 781-279-2200 or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org.
HOLIDAY HORRORS: Annie is on and bursting with holiday cheer through Dec. 23 at Seacoast Rep in Portsmouth, N.H. But on Christmas Night and New Year's Eve at midnight, you can sink your teeth into holiday hilarity with "The Rocky Horror Show." The wild ride involves Brad Majors, his fiancée Janet Weiss and their fateful evening at the castle of Dr. Frank 'N' Furter, an alien transvestite with a manic genius and insatiable libido. Tickets to the anti-holiday hi-jinx are $20/$25 at www.seacoastrep.org.