Artists Ensemble Productions
May 27th, 28th, and 29th
Artists’ Ensemble Productions will be shooting TESTIMONIAL, a short film about a professor in the early stages of Alzheimer’s on May 27th, 28th, and 29th at Sterling House Community Center and in Boothe Park.
Writer and producer Jack Rushen, a Stratford native will be helming the production, directed by Dan Karlock, creator of many feature films and episodic television.
Sterling House Executive Director, Amanda Meeson, commented, “We are honored that Jack and his team at TESTIMONIAL will utilize our beautiful, historic building for their film. For the last 90 years, Sterling House has continued to welcome and celebrate our arts community!”
TESTIMONIAL concerns a discouraged professor in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and the former student who visits him at his testimonial dinner. Through her kind words and actions, he finds his elusive self-worth.
Playing professor James Hilliard is Ted Yudain, a well-known community actor from Stamford. Ted has been seen in recent productions of “On Golden Pond,” and “My Fair Lady.
Playing student Allison Healy is Dana Dicerto, who has been seen in many films and area theater productions, recently playing in “Born Yesterday” at the Powerhouse Theater in New Canaan.
TESTIMONIAL serves as a dramatic presentation film as well as an awareness piece concerning the effects of Alzheimer’s and the importance of self-esteem of the people who suffer from it.
“It is a very sensitive piece,” says Rushen, who wrote the film as a short play while in the Theatre Artists’ Workshop some time ago. “We look deep into the soul of two needy people and find that peace of mind is not impossible to obtain.”
The play version of the film has been produced across the country and has won the “Standing Ovation Award,” which led to publication in “The Best Short Plays of 2019, published by Smith and Kraus.”
The film will be distributed to various schools and libraries across the country, as well as many film festivals.
A “Go Fund Me” campaign has been launched for production and distribution expenses and can be accessed by going to: https://gofund.me/331a06c9.