Indie film ‘Becoming Santa’ screens Dec. 2

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 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.