Chrismoose Carol 1919

It's the pandemic and the theatre is closed.

During the downtime at the theatre we’ve been organizing our archives and came across an old dusty box with the words “Lime Rickey” scrawled across the top. Inside we found a treasure trove of cool stuff, including an old film reel from 1919—at the end of the Spanish Flu—with what appears to be the very first recording of ‘Chrismoose Carol’.

We finished restoring the film and we were correct, it is the very first ‘Chrismoose Carol’ which inspired all other versions that followed.

  • Deborah Iozzi
    Director
  • Dennis Cahill
    Writer
  • Michael Dean Dargie
    Producer
    Sundowners, Racer X, Jag War
  • Dennis Cahill
    Key Cast
    "Scrooge, Young Scrooge"
  • Michael Dean Dargie
    Key Cast
    "Bob Cratchit, Charity Canvasser, Ghost of Jacob Marley, School Bully, Party Guest, Business Man, Old Joe"
    Sundowners, Racer X, Jag War, Hyde and Seek, Spiral, Under Pressure, The Shocking Truth
  • Jennifer Lynn Bain
    Key Cast
    "Irish Mother, Charity Canvasser, Ghost of Chrismoose Past, School Bully, Belle, Ghost of Chrismoose Present, Mrs. Cratchit, Perserverance"
  • Barry Piercey
    Key Cast
    "Irish Father, Fred, Charity Canvasser, School Teacher, Fezziwig, Want, Business Man, Drunk Scotsman"
  • Djoeke Driedger
    Key Cast
    "Mrs. Pennywhistle, Fanny, Tiny Tim, Party Guest, Ignorance"
  • Rob Mitchelson
    Key Cast
    "Chrismoose Boy"
  • Chad Blain
    Sound Design
  • Michael Dean Dargie
    Editing and Special Effects Supervisor
  • Kristen Loader
    3D Animation
  • Ralamy Kneeshaw
    Costumes
  • John Legare
    Cinematography
  • Sarah Ruskowsky
    Assistant Director and PA
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, drama
  • Runtime:
    32 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Calgary
    Canada
    December 1, 2020
    Behind Paywall as Fundraiser
Director Biography - Deborah Iozzi

Deborah Iozzi is the manager of The Loose Moose Theatre Company based in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Over many bountiful years, she has directed a myriad of stage plays, but never a film project -- until now.

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Director Statement

With doors firmly closed on live theatre for the past year we were looking for ways to bring our particular brand of theatre to the world in a way that kept everyone safe.

Every year we've done a unique, genre-bending stage version of our take on the Charles Dickens classic we call 'Chrismoose Carol'. It just made sense to 'find' an old film cannister from the pandemic of 1919, dust it off and 'restore' what could be the very first Carol -- a silent film shot during the last pandemic.

I was blessed with the opportunity to explore a foray into film. Thankfully I was working with people who knew what they were doing, and guided me gently into a hybrid of what I know and love from the stage into a new and magical world of film.