It will soon be Holly’s Christmas again in reality and on the big screen.
The film created to help save Holly Depot opens Sunday, November 6 at Emagine Hartland. Ticket holders will also gain access to the after party at Holly’s.
“Cupid’s Christmas” was filmed by SLK Media Group. Sam Logan Khaleghi, director and producer, said that tickets for the first screening of the film are sold out. Tickets for the 5:15 pm and 5:30 pm performances are available.
Gravitas Ventures, the Anthem Sports & Entertainment company, has bought the worldwide rights to the film, written by Cody LaRue and directed by DB Dickerson. It will be released on demand on November 15. It stars Marla Moore, Joe Kurak, Jerry Narsh, Donnell Clayton, and Kevin Ridsdale.
The film follows a man who claims to be Santa Claus and searches for his missing reindeer named Cupid in the small town of Holly. Love blossoms as they work to restore and renovate the city’s historic repository.
“I am excited to once again be working with the amazing team at Gravitas Ventures to bring audiences a wonderful and uplifting story about the holiday season, while immersing myself in this genre for the first time as a filmmaker with real snow, real reindeer and adventure in a small people,” Khaleghi said in the Deadline Hollywood ad.
SLK Media Group shot the film in the winter of 2021/2022 in downtown Holly to capture the Christmas magic of the city. With the help of the Holly community, they recreated aspects of the Holly Dickens Festival parade to shoot the movie, and also shot scenes at the Holly Area Chamber Annual Dinner.
Lead actress Moore plays Katie Valentine, the director of the Holly Historical Society, whose goal is to save Holly Union Depot. Kurak plays her love interest, Luke Murphy, a former Army sergeant and now Holly’s firefighter. His character loves history and Holly, and he does everything he can to keep the community strong.
Moore and her duet partner first experienced Holly when they sang at the Holly Hotel.
“Holly is the most magical place,” he said in a previous Times article. “I fell in love with the town and the hotel. When they asked me to be in this movie, it was a resounding yes. I had seen the magic before, but as I worked on it and met people, I realized that it was the people that made this town amazing. Everyone has been very welcoming.”
Many Holly residents are extras in the film, and prominent community leaders appear, including Richard Kinnamon, George Kullis, Jerry Walker, Nick Klempp, Police Chief Jerry Narsh, and more. SLK Media Group used many hyper-specific locations in the town and township.
Holly’s community helped support the film. Many businesses, such as Battle Alley Coffee, Andy’s Place, and Cupcake and Kisses, have offered services. A local resident allowed them to use his bed and breakfast.