Shake Up Your Holiday Movie Binge-Watching Tradition with an Indie Newcomer

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There’s nothing better than spending a cozy winter night in with a favorite holiday movie. But if you’re sick of watching “Elf” for the umpteenth time—or just want a break between viewings #1,000 and #1,001—you might want to check out a new indie offering with some surprising Midwestern ties: “Holly Star.”

“Holly Star” tells the story of a down-on-her-luck New Yorker, Sloan, who loses her job and has to make the trek home to Mom and Dad’s in Maine for the holiday—and possibly longer, because she can’t afford her rent. Mom and Dad, though, aren’t home (they’ve split for vacation) and Sloan doesn’t have a very marketable skillset to help her get back on her feet: She’s a professional puppeteer—which means, of course, that she ends up doing manual labor on a Christmas tree lot, alongside her childhood sweetheart, Andy.

It’s not looking like it’s going to be a merry Christmas. But because this is a holiday movie, after all, something magical happens. After taking a fall on the winter ice, Sloan hits her head and has a strange, hazy vision: a man in a Santa suit burying a huge sack of cash in the middle of town, right before he mentions a mysterious address, 55 Holly Star. The man, she realizes, is her own grandfather. The vision is actually a buried memory. And suddenly, Sloan has a new quest: to find the treasure, get the heck out of Maine, and have the happy, New York holiday ending she (thinks she) wants. What she finds along the way, though, might change her definition of a merry Christmas.

Shake Up Your Holiday Movie Binge-Watching Tradition With an Indie Newcomer

The film stars Eureka, Missouri, native Katlyn Carlson (if you’re wondering where you know her face from, she’s made the rounds on your favorite TV shows like “Master of None,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “Billions”), and she says she was drawn to the script in large part because it made her think of the heartland. “Throughout filming, the small Maine towns we shot in reminded me so much of my hometown of Eureka—and even of places like Kirkwood, where I still have relatives,” Carlson says. “’Holly Star’ feels like a love letter to home; it’s exactly the kind of movie I feel like watching with my family over the holidays.”

You can watch “Holly Star” with your family through most video-on-demand platforms (iTunes, Amazon Prime, etc.) beginning Dec. 4. View a trailer of it here.

Images courtesy of Katlyn Carlson.

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