THE SANTA BOX tells the story of teenager Kallie Watts. For the past five years, Christmas has spelled disaster for her and her family. When a fire leaves Kallie and her widowed mother homeless just before the holidays, there’s only one conclusion: Kallie is cursed by Christmas. When Kallie and her mother relocate to a small California town, Kallie is confronted by her worst nightmare come true: a town overflowing with holiday decorations and Christmas cheer. Kallie’s life is soon changed forever by the gift of a Santa box. When she lifts the lid, she rediscovers the magic and true meaning of Christmas.
The Santa Box is a sweet movie about Kallie that’s perfect for the holidays. She and her mom have to move into a new home after a fire destroyed their apartment and everything in it. Kallie is a good girl deep down but she has an attitude, especially when it comes to Christmas. Every time she loses someone close, it’s during the holidays. I had to keep telling myself at the beginning of the movie that she’s a typical teenager, although I did wish her mom would tell her to stop being rude to strangers.
Kallie tries to ignore Christmas and all that goes with it, but that’s not possible especially with her 85-year-old neighbor who has a yard full of decorations. Before she knows it, they become good friends. Their friendship is perfect because he teaches her a lot about life and love, and she’s a good listener and truly cares about him.
Kallie struggles to belong at a new school and to come to terms with loss with Christmas around the corner once again. When she receives the Santa Box, how can she use it to help her situation?
I enjoyed watching Kallie grow and learning about friendship and forgiveness and maybe giving Christmas another chance…
About the Cast
THE SANTA BOX features mostly local talent, including Shawn Stevens as Otto, and newcomer Cami Carver as Kallie. “Playing Otto was something completely new for me, but it was a role I wanted so much,” said Stevens. “The Otto character is an 85-year-old German immigrant, and naturally, Spanky originally wanted to cast an actor who was around that age. But, luckily for me, with the help of an amazing makeup artist, Vanae Morris, I was able to convince Spanky that I could pull-off a great performance of an old German man. And the character was an absolute joy to play.”
“For the role of Kallie, we auditioned dozens of young actresses and Cami originally auditioned for a different role, but she absolutely knocked our socks off!” proclaimed Ward. “We instantly knew she was our Kallie.”
In addition to the two leads, THE SANTA BOX features 20-plus major characters and dozens of extras. “Filming during this crazy time brought some unique challenges, but we acclimated to it very quickly,” said Ward. “Everyone on the production team strictly adhered to safe production guidelines implemented by the health officers we had on set. Thanks to those practices, everyone in the cast and crew stayed healthy and the production went off without a hitch.”
For more information on THE SANTA BOX, visit its IMDB page at: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12065192/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1