5 Stars Out Of 5
Storytelling is an art; this story is timeless
November 19, 2013
In 1843, what would become a holiday literary classic, "A Christmas Carol", was published in England. Written by the acclaimed Victorian author Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge personified miserly ways and the cold-hearted treatment of his fellow man. Nearly two centuries later, any society can lay claim to these same attitudes. However, Ebenezer Scrooge is given three supernatural glimpses of his eternal destination, should he continue upon the path of social and personal indifference. Ultimately, Scrooge elects to put life's rudder hard over, and changes his course. The true meaning of Christmas, the reason for the season, transforms Scrooge and the reader of "A Christmas Carol", as it has transformed hearts and minds globally. 170 years after this tome's pages were first turned, Salty Earth Pictures Writer and Director Steve Zambo brings to the screen what might have become of Ebenezer Scrooge, a year after the former business partner of Jacob Marley adjusts the sails of his mortal existence. Zambo's inspiration and humor, originating from the pen of Charles Dickens, will capture the attention of any audience, of any demographic. Accomplished stage and screen actor David Ruprecht masterfully dons the guise of Ebenezer Scrooge. His wistful and sincere desire to share his time, talents, and treasure is a positive lesson for any generation. Zambo artfully combines time, travel, and moral challenges for Scrooge, while his lead character must convince a young business upstart named Timothy Cratchit VI, convincingly portrayed by Matt Koester, the "errors of his ways", before he too experiences the regret of Jacob Marley. New York screen, internet, and commercial actress Shannon Moore completes the lead ensemble, graciously contributing her stunning beauty and charm as Belle Dickenson, the owner of a diner untimely mortgaged to the firm of Scrooge and Cratchit Financial. Producer Beth Zambo assembled a wonderfully talented local cast that seamlessly weaves the story together, transitioning from moments of laughter, to moments of intense reflection. Director of Photography Frank Datzer gives solid evidence why he is one of the most professional and competent to capture and edit the essence of quality writing seen through a camera lens. Salty Earth Pictures has indeed produced yet another classic family film, destined to occupy a very visible and treasured home among Christmas DVD's lovingly shared any time of the year. This film further solidifies Salty Earth Pictures as an honest and trusted source for quality media and entertainment.