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“The film Lobster fra Diavolo, starring native Clevelander Kaye Ballard (Catherine Gloria Balotta), is scheduled to be shot in Rancho Mirage, Ca., New York and the Washington D. C. metro area over the next few months.
Based on true events, the film follows nipote (granddaughter) Angie, a vegan, who goes shopping for the live lobster. Nonna needs to prepare a traditional Italian dish for the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Despite feeling that she was going against everything she believes, Angie will not mess with no-nonsense Nonna (Ballard) and buys the lobster. End of story? No! The lobster has plans other than winding up the main entree on Nonna’s holiday table.
This Christmas, Nonna has met her match, and Christmas Eve cascades into a raging tide of belly-laugh goodies. The movie is not only side-splitting but also examines the tension between retaining family traditions and accepting changing social attitudes.
Native west side Clevelander Ballard has been a singer, actor and comedian for six decades. Born in 1926 to immigrant parents Lena (Nacarato) and Vincenzo, Ballard lives in Rancho Mirage, California in the home she purchased from Desi Arnaz.
Jane Barbara is the screen writer and producer of several feature films. She is currently the Vice President of Women in film and TV in Washington, D. C.
Oriana Oppice is a New York-based actor, producer and director who was born in Palermo, Sicily. She has starred in several films and TV shows, and also directs and produces independent movies.”