“A Gettysburg Christmas” will be filmed from Jan. 18 through Feb. 4 in Gettysburg.
The feature-length film, based on a book of the same title by Craig Rupp, is a story of a young woman who moves to Gettysburg to get away from her family. But the family then comes to Gettysburg, seeking resolution, and through the magic that is created when a small, historic, and healing community full of great townspeople comes together, the family is…well you’ll just have to see the film!
Director and screenwriter Bo Brinkman has acted in the films “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals.” Brinkman said those films had a major impact on the economy of Gettysburg and that he is working with his partner Kris Webb, Gettysburg resident and owner of Sixty East Hair Design, to give Gettysburg another cinematic boost.
While the exact filming locations have not yet been disclosed, Webb said many local small business owners have been cooperative. “The “yesses” of this town have been breathtaking,” she said. “I knew it before, but through this project I really know that we have a great town full of great people doing great things.”
“A Gettysburg Christmas” stars Lee Majors (formerly the Six-Million Dollar Man) as the Christmas Spirit and Bruce Boxleightner as the father.
Kate Vernon plays the mother. Jake Busey plays a local, tenderhearted bartender. Kelley Jackle is the daughter, and Sean Faris plays Nick, Kelly’s love interest.
Webb said extras would be needed and that application information would be forthcoming, and that the Gettysburg Hotel is the place to be if you want to catch a glimpse or an get autograph from cast members.
“A Gettysburg Christmas” will premiere at the Gettysburg Majestic Theater later this year to kick off the annual “A Gettysburg Christmas Festival.” Webb said the production team hopes the film, which will be shown in theaters nationally, will help capture the nation’s attention to Gettysburg and the annual festival.
Webb sees Gettysburg as a healing ground and a place for restoration. “It’s a place where people can find forgiveness and love. “And hope,” she said. “Gettysburg is a place for hope.”