WHOSE LAP IS YOUR CHILD SITTING ON? A NEW FILM ABOUT DEPARTMENT STORE SANTAS REVEALS THE MEN BEHIND THE BEARD
I AM SANTA CLAUS
Part of the Ongoing ‘Morgan Spurlock Presents’ Film Label, A Story About What It Takes to Be Kris Kringle Comes Theaters on November 4th and to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD, on November 11, 2014
Featuring Hall of Fame Wrestler (and producer) Mick Foley
New York, NY (September 29, 2014) – Few parents give much thought to the jovial man in the Santa suit who promises their kids they’ll get everything they want for Christmas. If they did, they might be surprised. The new documentary I AM SANTA CLAUS looks at the men who put on the red suit every December and selflessly commit themselves to making anonymous children happy. Directed by Tommy Avallone and produced by Hall of Fame professional wrestler, Mick Foley, I AM SANTA CLAUS is the latest film that’s being release as part of the successful “Morgan Spurlock Presents” film label.
I AM SANTA CLAUS will hit theaters nationwide on November 4th and will available on November 11, 2014 on Blu-ray/DVD and Digital/VOD platforms.
Everyone thinks of Santa Claus as a magical figure without flaws, but the men who keep his legend alive, real-bearded professional Santas, are rarely anything like the jolly old Saint Nick we’ve all grown up knowing. In reality, the mall Santa in your cherished children’s photo has problems just like the rest of us. Even the most jovial of men fall victim to divorce, job loss, insecurity and even the occasional hangover.
Tommy Avallone’s documentary I AM SANTA CLAUS – featuring Hall of Fame pro wrestler (and producer of the film) Mick Foley, who knows a thing or two about make-believe – follows the lives of five professional Santas for an entire year, as they anticipate and prepare for Christmas season and then return to their “real” lives during the off-season. We see who they actually are: flawed, flesh-and-blood men who nevertheless feel a great responsibility to protect the spotless reputation of the “Red Suit.”
Also appearing in the film are pro wrestling’s Roddy Piper and Jerry Lawler, iconic actor Sid Haig and the actor who calls himself … Santa Claus.
Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD include a commentary audio track and the featurette “Santa vs. Santa: The Santa Wars.”
About Virgil Films – Virgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to acquire, market, and distribute DVD, TV and Digital product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with OWN, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the documentary Miss Representation; Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, the critically acclaimed documentary Bridegroom, the timeless Forks Over Knives, and the Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo. They have also released the compelling Gun Hill Road, The House I Live In, A Brony Tale and others. Follow them on twitter: @virgilfilms | www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com.
About Warrior Poets
Warrior Poets is a New York based production company founded in 2004 by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Since its creation, he and producing partner Jeremy Chilnick have produced multiple award winning films, television programs and digital series. Films include “One Direction: This Is Us,” “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” “Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope,” “Mansome,” “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?”, and “Freakonomics. Television projects include the award-winning FX series “30 Days,” ESPN’s “The Dotted Line,” Emmy and Writer’s Guild nominated “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3D on Ice!, “New Britannia” for Sky Atlantic HD and the award-winning CNN series “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man.” Warrior Poets’ slate of digital series include Hulu’s “A Day in the Life” as well as Yahoo!’s “Failure Club,” “Mansome” and “Losing It with John Stamos.”
Abramorama is an industry leader in the personalized, focused form of film marketing/distribution that bypasses traditional film studios and their methodology, providing invaluable distribution alternatives to current content makers and owners. The company’s distribution projects include Particle Fever, the award-winning documentary about realizing the Nobel Prize-winning theory of the Higgs boson, aka “The God Particle;” Academy Award nominated director Robert Stone’s provocative Sundance entry Pandora’s Promise; Cameron Crowe’s celebrated documentary Pearl Jam Twenty; Banksy’s Spirit Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Exit Through the Gift Shop; and, Sacha Gervasi’s Spirit Award-winning music documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil.
I AM SANTA CLAUS
Street date: November 11, 2014
SRP: $19.99 (Blu-ray or DVD)
Running time: 89 minutes
Blu-ray/DVD bonus features: Commentary track, “Santa vs. Santa: The Santa Wars”