Becoming Santa

Overview

A man decides to re-invent himself (at least for a few weeks) as a right jolly old elf in this documentary from director Jeff Myers. Jack Sanderson is a stocky, middle-aged man who has worked in the film business for years as an actor, producer and personal assistant. However, one year he gets the idea to add something new to his resume -- playing Santa Claus. Sanderson decides to find out what it's like to impersonate Santa for a living, not to mention giving himself a dose of Christmas spirit after losing ...
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Overview

A man decides to re-invent himself (at least for a few weeks) as a right jolly old elf in this documentary from director Jeff Myers. Jack Sanderson is a stocky, middle-aged man who has worked in the film business for years as an actor, producer and personal assistant. However, one year he gets the idea to add something new to his resume -- playing Santa Claus. Sanderson decides to find out what it's like to impersonate Santa for a living, not to mention giving himself a dose of Christmas spirit after losing several close family members. Sanderson grows out his beard, dyes it white, gets a custom-made Santa suit, and goes to Denver for a crash course at the American Events Santa School, where Susen Mesco has been turning ordinary guys into Kris Kringle for years. Diploma in hand, Sanderson lands a few gigs as Santa, ranging from ringing a bell for the Volunteers of America on a New York City street corner to dealing with a train full of fussy kids aboard a "Polar Express" in New Jersey. Along the way, Sanderson learns a lot about the history of Santa Claus and how he took on the image we know today, as well as meeting a number of other Santas and discovering the ups and downs of one of the world's most remarkable seasonal occupations. Becoming Santa received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2011
  • UPC: 881394114425
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: Cinema Libre
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 83,135

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Sanderson Participant
Ernest Berger Participant
Susen Mesco Participant
Carol Myers Participant
Dee Sinclair Participant
Technical Credits
Jeff Myers Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Claire Brooks Executive Producer
Rebecca Ritchie Brower Executive Producer
Bradford Craig Sound/Sound Designer
Ruben Fernandez Cinematographer
Tyrone Finch Producer
Kevin Krupitzer Cinematographer
Andrew Long Executive Producer
Joe Milner Sound/Sound Designer
Zack Ryan Score Composer
Jack Sanderson Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Totten Cinematographer
Louis Venezia Executive Producer
Todd Zelin Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Becoming Santa
1. Chapter 1 [9:58]
2. Chapter 2 [9:53]
3. Chapter 3 [9:12]
4. Chapter 4 [10:40]
5. Chapter 5 [10:05]
6. Chapter 6 [9:14]
7. Chapter 7 [9:04]
8. Chapter 8 [10:34]
9. Chapter 9 [13:58]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Becoming Santa
   Play Film
      Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
   Chapter Index
   Cinema Libre Studio
      The Cautiful Truth
      Angels in the Dust
      Fuel
      The Harvest
      Small Voices
      Imagine It
      Becoming Santa
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