Doug's Chistmas: A holiday film with Oak Park connections

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

Former Oak Park residents screened at the Lake Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

About 85 people attended the midweek screening of "Doug's Christmas," a 30-minute narrative short, written by Clarke and Doyle Devereux, about a Korean War vet haunted by his friend's final words before dying in a battle on Christmas Day. 

"Searching for answers, Doug meets a struggling young mother and her two daughters," Doyle wrote in a brief synopsis of the film. "The love and hardship of this young family inspire Doug to find meaning in his life."


Clarke and his wife Patricia raised seven children, including Doyle (whom you may recognize as the bailiff on the television show Judge Mathis), in Oak Park. The film was was shot throughout Oak Park and select scenes were filmed at St. Edmund Church. All of the Devereux children, Doyle said, attended St. Edmund School.

Following the screening, attendees walked a few doors west to Lou Malnati's for an after-party. 

"Doug's Christmas" will screen at the New Jersey Film Festival on Feb. 8 and Chicago-area festivals next spring. Doyle said there is also a possibility of OnDemand viewing next fall.

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