A look at the new documentary film about the USPS’ Operation Santa!
Excerpts from an article published in Entertainment Weekly: ew.com/movies/dear-santa-documentary-interview-trailer
To quote the Entertainment Weekly article:
‘Tis (almost) the season to be jolly, and IFC Films’ new documentary Dear Santa has holly jolly goodness in spades.
Written and directed by Dana Nachman (Pick of the Litter), the film shines a light on the 100-year-old-plus Operation Santa program of the United States Postal Service — from the kids who write the letters to the North Pole, to the “adopter elves” who choose a child or family to help supply the presents themselves, to Santa’s Elves (a.k.a the postal workers) who sort through the letters and later deliver the gifts.
In a conversation with EW about the film, Nachman says that around eight years ago her mother bought her a book from the post office about what happens to Santa’s letters. “Every year at Christmas, I would read it to my kids,” she says. “And I would think, oh my God, this is such an amazing book, but it would be an even better film.”
And thus the idea for Dear Santa was born. To start, Nachman says she reached out to the U.S. Postal Service about her idea for the film, and to her surprise, they responded immediately saying they were interested in helping her tell the story. From there, Nachman and producer Chelsea Matter went to several letter-writing events held all over the country after Thanksgiving, where kids (and some adults, too!) write out their wishes to Santa and adopter elves can choose who they want to help. It was at those events, several of which appear in the film, that they met many of their subjects. . . .
Like a Christmas miracle, it all worked out, and the film is set to release in select theaters and on-demand Dec. 4 — and just in the Saint Nick of time, too. 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but especially the post office.