From Vision Films, and inspired by a true story, The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland is a sweet holiday story that the whole family can watch.
Directed by Wes Llewellyn and written by James M De Vince, Reuben Evans, Betty Sullivan, Billy Falcon, and Bob Saenz, it was produced by Jenn Gotzon, Jim E. Chandler, Joel Bunkowske, and George Escobar. It stars Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon, My Daddy Is In Heaven), and Jim E. Chandler (Stranger Things, MacGyver); and co-stars Corbin Bernsen (Major League, Psyche), John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville), Robert Amaya (Courageous, Mom’s Night Out), Natasha Bure (Fuller House, Home Sweet Home), Sandra Ellis Lafferty (Walk the Line, Hunger Games), Henry Cho (McHale’s Navy, Saving Faith), Roxzane T. Mims (Greenleaf, Good Lord Bird), Delilah (I Can Only Imagine, The Star), and singing sensation Beckah Shae; with young talents Livi Birch (Tulsa, The Resident), Benji Russel, and introducing Adele Chandler.
About The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland
Sparks fly between the famous model Belle Winter (Gotzon) and Josh Carpenter (Jim E. Chandeler). Childhood pen pals, these two loose contact when they grow up. Belle is concerned over “aging out” of modeling; after all, she’s 35!
On the spur of the moment, she goes back to a beloved spot in her childhood, in hopes of finding a bracelet that was given to her by her grandmother. There, she runs into Josh, her childhood pen pal. Josh is now a widower, the father of a delightful young daughter Adele. He is also a pastor and, along with his father, Gran’poppy (Bernsen)–owns the farm that hosts Santaland, a holiday-themed park set up on the family’s 100-year-old farm.
The town is in danger of losing their beloved Santaland festival, but miracles can happen with a little love, family, and faith.
The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland has all the makings of a family holiday popcorn flick. The script is lighthearted, fun, and sweet. The underlying message of family, sacrifice, and love provides a wholesome touch.The acting is solid, especially little Adele Chanlder, who gives a delightful debut performance. There is a bonus appearance by John Schneider, and Beckah Shae, both who perform during the Santaland Festival.
The film’s website has links for churches’s to license the film to show to their congregation, and a store that has books and items based on the movie.
From start to finish, The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland is a wholesome film that would be a perfect addition to a family’s holiday movie night.