Video preview ready for movie made in Weston
Remember the Christmas movie made in Weston back in the summer?
Even though the movie is not set for airing this holiday season and its final title has been somewhat of a mystery, the trailer (video preview) of the movie is now available for viewing. You can view the trailer here: www.aci-americancinema.com/screener/christmas-on-display
Some area residents filled roles as “extras” in the filming, so see if you spot any familiar faces in the preview.
In production, movie makers announced the film had a working title of Christmas on Display. It appears in post production the movie has taken on perhaps two later names. A listing on the web site of the movie’s distributors lists the title as Christmas Comes Home. But a listing on the imdb.com web site lists the title as My Christmas Wish, and a member of the cast told The Landmark this is the ‘final, final title’ of the movie.
IMDb is an online database of information related to films, television programs, home videos, video games, and streaming content online – including cast, production crew and personal biographies, plot summaries, trivia, ratings, and fan and critical reviews.
The IMDb site says “it looks like we don’t have any release dates for this title yet.”
But Pat McGonigle of Fox 4 television recently told The Landmark he spoke with the producers of the film and they told him the movie made in Weston is scheduled for the 2021 Christmas season on Lifetime television network.
“I interviewed the couple (director Sandra Martin and her husband Isaac Alongi, who does the cinematography) recently,” McGonigle told The Landmark. “They are both local (Kansas City area) and make a pretty good living cranking out Christmas movies for Hallmark and Lifetime.”
Martin and Alongi have made five movies in the Kansas City metro over the last few years, McGonigle reported.
There have been some postings on Facebook and other social media outlets indicating the movie made in Weston will be airing this Christmas night–next week–at 7 p.m. on Lifetime. This is incorrect.
Folks are likely confusing the Weston movie with another one made by Martin and Alongi of Mapelle Films. That movie, called My Sweet Holiday, will air on Lifetime on Christmas night next week.
The My Sweet Holiday flick was filmed in the Kansas City metro and is centered around Annadore’s Fine Chocolates in Westwood Hills in Johnson County.
THE WESTON MOVIE
Christmas on Display, later known as Christmas Comes Home and now by its apparent final title of My Christmas Wish, is listed in the drama/romance genre on imdb.com.
Distributors are listed as American Cinema Inspires (ACI).
On the imdb.com web site, the plot is described as:
“With help from her childhood crush and his six-year-old son, Abbey rediscovers her Christmas spirit as she re-creates her grandmother’s handmade ornaments for her hometown’s annual Christmas fair.”
In the listing on the web site aci-americancinema.com, the synopsis reads like this:
“On the verge of a promotion, a successful real estate broker, Abbey, is forced back to her hometown to repair a Victorian inherited from her grandmother. Upon returning home, she decides to sell the house and hires a single dad, Josh, to help with the repairs. Together they find a delightful Christmas treasure hidden in the home by Abbey’s grandmother. Memories of her past paired with a growing relationship with Josh and his eight-year-old son, Noah, help Abbey to discover that her destiny lies not in selling homes but in finding and making a home for herself.”
Cast members for the movie made in Weston are listed as:
Ashton Leigh as Karen.
Zane Stephens as Josh.
Meggan Kaiser as Abbey.
Patty Lambert as Janet.
Bryson JonSteele as Noah
Jon W. Sparks as Nick.
Maxie McClintock as Ellen.
Liana Osgood as Brenda.
Kevin Wayne Walker as Mark.
Teance Blackburn as Joyce.
Producers Sandra Martin and husband Isaac Alongi are described on their Mapelle Films web site this way:
“Sandra has written books, short films, and worked with her husband, Isaac, on commercials, documentaries and non-profit videos. In 2013, she decided to try writing her first feature-length screenplay, Trust Fund, which she went on to produce and direct. Trust Fund garnered a theatrical release through AMC Independent. It was then she discovered her love for storytelling. Five films later, Sandra and Isaac still look forward to telling inspiring stories. Sandra offers her audience smart, positive stories with unmistakable feel-good energy.”
“Isaac Alongi is an internationally known Emmy award-winning cinematographer. Isaac’s career began 20 years ago in photography, where he quickly found a passion for visual storytelling. His work gained momentum for his unique approach, fusing beautifully composed images with raw honesty. Isaac’s work can be seen in feature films, television shows, documentaries, IMAX films and commercials. From capturing gritty documentary realism to tender, poetic storytelling, his ability to capture the unexpected shows in his work for National Geographic, BBC, History Channel, Fox Sports, Discovery, ABC and the CW Network to name a few. Isaac holds three Emmy awards for his work on recent documentaries.”