An incredible story comes to life in a heartwarming documentary bound to make you laugh… and cry. On today’s show. our Entertainment Insider chats with the actor and director of Dear Santa, and the message that gives back to us all.
ABOUT Dear Santa:
As we look to kick off the holiday season in the long year that is 2020, DEAR SANTA, a heartwarming new documentary from Emmy Award-winning director Dana Nachmanand Producers Brendan Gaul (UM Studios) and Chris Karpenko arrived December 4th to bring hope, joy and laughter when we need it most. Debuting in select US theaters and major VOD streaming platforms, DEAR SANTA chronicles the magic behind the USPS’s legendary volunteer arm,Operation Santa. The film is debuting this week in a handful of theaters across the country including the Keystone Art Cinema 7 in Indianapolis. The film also debuted this October at the Heartland International Film Festival where it won the festival’s Best Premiere Award for Documentary Feature. Please find the trailer here!
For over a century, hundreds of thousands of children and families across the country have sent letters to Santa each holiday season asking for everything from toys to the most basic of necessities. Since 1907, the postal service has partnered with anonymous “elves” to fulfill these requests by December 25th. Shot on location in only five weeks last holiday, the film follows a handful of Operation Santa centers and the people who make them possible everywhere from small towns to the heart of New York City. It’s a love letter to each of these places and the 7.3 million postal employees that connect them.
You may have also seen this child’s heartbreaking letter to Santa that went viral last week asking Santa if he would love him for being gay. The letter and its “adopter elf,’ Michael Muñoz, are featured heavily in the film. It’s a truly incredible story.