Latter-day Saints and Catholics team up for Christmas film

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“Christmas for a Dollar,” an upcoming holiday movie, marks the first time LDS and Catholic production companies have come together to make a film that transcends religious differences and focuses on similarities.

Ruthie and Norman, characters from 'Christmas for a Dollar', are seen here, played by Ruby Jones and Jacob Buster (Courtesy Covenant Communications)
Ruthie and Norman, characters from ‘Christmas for a Dollar’, are seen here, played by Ruby Jones and Jacob Buster (Courtesy Covenant Communications)

The movie tells the story of a struggling family during America’s Great Depression who find themselves in a holiday predicament after the untimely death of the mother, Mrs. Kamp. With limited funds available after the funeral, Mr. Kamp, played by Brian Krause, expects to have a hard time providing presents for his children during the holiday season. The family comes to realize that Christmas is less about money and material possessions and more about the love and joy found in family.

The film was awarded a five dove rating, meaning it is suitable for all ages.

“You always need a good story to make a good movie, and ‘Christmas for a Dollar’ has both,” critics said. “The acting is excellent, the camera work is solid, and the production is well done in every area. I really enjoyed watching this film.”

The movie is an adaptation of the short story written by Sally Meyer and encompasses the same family-friendly message contained in the book while still maintaining appeal to diverse audiences.

The pairing of the two production companies has also brought a wealth of talent together. Krause has also starred in Aaron Spelling’s critically acclaimed show “Charmed” as well as cameo roles in shows like CBS’s “CSI: Miami” and TNT’s “The Closer.” James Gaisford, who plays Warren Kamp, starred in the recent LDS film “Ephraim’s Rescue.”

Covenant Communications and Paulist Productions had the goal of yielding a multi-faceted movie focusing on uniting audiences through Christian belief and wholesome values.

“I think it’s great for LDS and Catholic productions to team up and make a Christ-centered holiday movie,” said Megan Lindmark, 22, a psychology major from Lexington, Ky. “It allows members of both religions to better understand one another and invite people of all faiths to learn of the true meaning of Christmas.”

The movie premiered on Oct. 30 at the small theater on the west side of the LDS Conference Center. The film began showing on Nov. 1 in Larry H. Miller theaters and will be available on DVD Nov. 12.

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