Two members of the film crew adjusting equipment in front of St. Edmunds (Ashley Lisenby/Digital Editor)

It’s a pretty cold January day, but that doesn’t stop an independent film crew from setting up lights and cameras in front of St. Edmund, 188 S. Oak Park Ave.

A couple of the crew members, on their sixth day of production, said they are out in front of the parish working on a SAG-AFTRA film called Doug’s Christmas, a nearly 30-minute movie with a Scrooge-esque storyline.

The premise of the film is that a Korean War veteran, whose friend dies on Christmas Eve during a battle, loathes Christmas but learns to see the holiday in a different light after meeting a struggling young mother and her two daughters.

“The film is based on a true story,” said co-producer Amir Mathis.

Doug’s Christmas has two connections to Oak Park and Chicago. Not only is co-producer Amir Mathis the son of Chicago based television judge, Greg Mathis, but Doyle Devereux, producer for Doug’s Christmas, is also Judge Mathis’ bailiff as well as the brother-in-law to the Director of the first, second and third Harry Potter movies, Chris Columbus.

Even more close to home?

Devereux and his family are former Oak Parkers, one reason Mathis said St. Edmund was selected as a location for shooting some of the scenes in the film.

The cast and crew will gather again at St. Edmund on Sunday for a final day of filming.

Mathis said he expects Doug’s Christmas to be in film festivals starting in August.

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