Merry Xmas (film)

Merry Xmas is a 2015 American short film directed by Boman Modine and produced by Cinco Dedos Peliculas LLC. The comedic film had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In June, the short won the Best "Pilot" Award at the 2015 New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles. During Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival, the film screened before a work-in-progress cut of Jen Senko's political documentary, The Brainwashing of My Dad, also produced by Matthew Modine and Adam Rackoff. On August 1, 2015, director Boman Modine and co-producer Adam Rackoff were invited to participate in the "After the Credits" interview series where they discussed the process of casting, shooting, and directing Merry Xmas.[1] On December 11, 2015, it was announced that Merry Xmas closed a deal with Shorts International, the parent company of ShortsHD, to release the film on a variety of digital EST platforms[2] including iTunes Movies,[3] Google Play,[4] Amazon Video,[5] and Verizon. During Christmas week, Merry Xmas was featured on the iTunes Short Films page and landed in the top ten sales chart. Of the top ten films, Merry Xmas was the only live-action film and the only short not produced by Disney or DreamWorks.[6]

Merry Xmas
Merry Xmas poster.jpg
Directed byBoman Modine
Produced byJoe d'Angerio
Matthew Modine
Adam Rackoff
Written byBoman Modine
Matthew Modine
StarringDick Van Dyke
Valerie Harper
Glenne Headly
Matthew Modine
Music byJuano Lippi
Kevin MacLeod
Ben Wolfe
CinematographySara Garth
Edited byAlbert Ruis
Distributed byShortsTV
Release date
  • April 19, 2015 (2015-04-19) (Tribeca)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States


Merry Xmas tells the story of a mischievous father (Dick Van Dyke) who calls his very busy kids (Matthew Modine and Glenne Headly) to tell them that after 55 years of marriage, he and their mom (Valerie Harper) are getting divorced. Horrified by the news, the children prepare to fly home to stop the divorce and save their parent's marriage.

Film FestivalsEdit

Festival Status Screening Dates Awards/Accolades Filmmakers In Attendance
Tribeca Film Festival[7] World Premiere April 19, 20, 23, and 24, 2015 Selected to participate in the Tribeca Presents Channel on United Airlines in December. Boman Modine, Joe d’Angerio, Adam Rackoff, Sara Garth
Seattle International Film Festival[8] West Coast Premiere May 22, 2015 Selected to participate in the Starbucks Digital Network during the festival (May 21–24, 2015).
New Media Film Festival[9] Los Angeles Premiere June 9, 2015 Winner, Best Short "Pilot" Award Boman Modine
Traverse City Film Festival[10] Michigan Premiere July 29 and August 1, 2015 Official Selection Boman Modine and Adam Rackoff
Tumbleweed Film Festival[11][12] Washington Premiere July 30, 2015 Official Selection
Oldenburg International Film Festival[10] International Premiere September 16–20, 2015 Official Selection Boman Modine
Calabasas Film Festival[13] September 17–20, 2015 Official Selection
Long Beach International Film Festival[14] September 24–27, 2015 Official Selection
Edmonton International Film Festival[15] Canadian Premiere October 7, 2015 (as part of Lunchbox Shorts) Official Selection
Tacoma Film Festival[16] October 8–15, 2015 Official Selection
15 Short Film Festival North Carolina Premiere October 11, 2015 Official Selection
Dallas VideoFest[17] Texas Premiere October 16, 2015 Official Selection Matthew Modine
Petaluma International Film Festival[18] October 16–18, 2015 Official Selection
Carmel International Film Festival[19] October 21–25, 2015 Official Selection Boman Modine
Washington West Film Festival[20] Virginia Premiere October 23 and 24 (as part of Shorts Program Two: Saying Goodbye) and October 24 (before the Ed Asner documentary, My Friend Ed) Official Selection Adam Rackoff
Naples International Film Festival[21] Florida Premiere November 5–8, 2015 Official Selection
YESfest[22] Indiana Premiere November 6–8, 2015 Official Selection
Alexandria Film Festival[23] November 7, 2015 Official Selection Adam Rackoff
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival[24] Delaware Premiere November 11–15, 2015 Official Selection
SHORT CUTS Short Film Series[25] Connecticut Premiere November 18, 2015 Official Selection Adam Rackoff
Anchorage International Film Festival[26] Alaska Premiere December 4–13, 2015 Jury’s Selection Reel[27]
FilmLab Festival Italian Premiere October 13–16th, 2016 Official Selection


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  5. ^ " Merry Xmas: Valerie Harper, Glenne Headly, Matthew Modine, Ruby Modine: Amazon Digital Services LLC". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
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