An independent holiday movie, live music and even a Santa on hand for photos, makes for a fun holiday film party starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 2 at Icon Lounge, downtown Sioux Falls.
If you’re not in the holiday mood, this could bring you around: Comet Haraldson & Friends play music during the pre-film social hour and Gene’s Studio takes complimentary photos of you with Santa Claus. Santa’s first 50 visitors get a free holiday movie treat, too.
It’s all part of another Cinema Falls session, this time around screening the indie documentary “Becoming Santa,” directed by Jeff Myers. The event is for adults and requires a ticket.
The movie is the uplifting and comedic adventure of a man’s quest to become Santa for a season, says Cinema Falls founder, programmer and “mayor” Julie Anderson Friesen. Jack Sanderson bleaches his hair and goes to an official Santa School. He works as a sidewalk Santa, does home visits and is in a Polar Express train ride and a parade.
Along the way he collects children’s wishes and the dreams of ordinary people. Sanderson is the writer/producer of the film and will deliver a recorded video holiday message from California to Cinema Falls, shot by Los Angeles resident and Sioux Falls native and filmmaker Nick Simon.
“There are many beloved holiday movies that are family traditions,” Anderson Friesen says. “This one is for adults, and like the film’s tagline says – ‘you will believe…again.’ Not too cute, and not too mocking, this doc gets it just right. Live music, Santa, an Indie holiday movie – this film event is just the ticket for all who need to rediscover their holiday spirit.”
“Becoming Santa” has been a selection at the SXSW Film Festival and Hot Docs International Documentary Festival.
The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with the film at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are$11.50 at www.CinemaFalls.com. Seating is general admission. Food and beverages are available at Icon Lounge throughout the film.
Like indie film? The next Cinema Falls film event is the screening of “Chasing Ice,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16.
The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts are back!
It has been awhile – the last time the awards were presented was 2009.
The Sioux Falls Arts Council’s ceremony is 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 29 at the Museum of Visual Materials, 500 N. Main Ave. Admission is free.
Stop by and talk with the nominees and other artsy people from the Sioux Falls area. The social hour starts at 6 p.m. with light complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and live music is by the cool acoustic guitar/cello duo Condor.
You probably know some of these folks up for awards in the three categories:
The Individual Excellence Award in the Arts will be presented to an artist whose contributions have significantly impacted the arts in Sioux Falls. Nominees are:
Phil Baker, musician
Jerry Fogg, visual artist
Nancyjane Huehl, visual artist
The Organizational Achievement Award in the Arts will recognize an arts organization or business that excel in supporting or enhancing the arts through contributions of time, talent or funding. Nominees are:
The 8th & Railroad Center, Erika Billion
Cherapa Place, Jeff Scherschligt
The Charlotte Carver Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize an individual who has shown a life-long commitment and dedication to the arts either as an artist, through an arts organization or a business. Nominees are:
Debra J. Klebanoff
Dr. Raymond Sidoti
The awards started when then Sioux Falls Mayor Gary Hanson agreed to host the first ceremony in 1999. The idea was to honor people and organizations that play a vital role in community artistic achievement.
But the awards went away when the Sioux Empire Arts Council reorganized in 2010. The group was renamed the Sioux Falls Arts Council in 2011 and brought the awards back this year.
Back in 1999 the first award winners were Tom Roberts for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, Norwest Bank for Outstanding Business Support of the Arts and Mary Sommervold for Outstanding Advocacy for the Arts.
See all the past winners on the council’s website.
The Sioux Falls Arts Council is located in the Crane Centre at 326 E, 8th St., Suite 106-B. Information: 271-6696, email info@ArtsSiouxFalls.org or at the council’s website.