Moviemakers to debut latest work, ‘Mardi Gras Man,’ filmed completely in Hampton

Hampton Roads filmmakers Robert Shepherd and James Sanzo will premiere their latest, “The Mardi Gras Man,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the American Theatre in Hampton.

It is their third film; they produced “Push Came To Shove” (2010) and “Past Shadows” (2021). Both can be streamed on Amazon.

“The Mardi Gras Man” was cast, produced and filmed locally. It’s the story of Janson Holloway (Chris Korkalo), a man desperate to save his marriage. To impress his wife, he takes a higher-paying job as manager of a manufacturing plant in Hampton.

One night, he is jogging — wearing a festive hat with an attached mask to protect his face from the nippy air— and encounters a rookie police officer (Arkeisha Roberts). She is having trouble catching two suspects.

Holloway helps save the day — and the press dubs him “Mardi Gras Man.”

As his relationship with the officer develops, he transforms into a kind of vigilante.

Shepherd and Sanzo will seek a distribution deal, have limited theater showings and make the film available for streaming.

If you go

Where: American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St.

Cost: $10

Tickets: Hampton Coliseum box office and ticketmaster.com

Colin Warren-Hicks, 919-818-8138, colin.warrenhicks@virginiamedia.com