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UP Original Movie The Tree That Saved Christmas


PR — Atlanta, GA — UP presents the UP Original Movie The Tree That Saved Christmas, a romantic holiday drama about a passionate, aspiring writer in NYC who discovers the special Christmas tree she had marked as a child at her Scrooge-ish boss’ condo, and literally takes it as a sign to save her family’s Vermont tree farm from foreclosure.  Starring actress Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, “Party of Five”), The Tree That Saved Christmas will make its television premiere on UP on Sunday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. EST.


Filmed in Maple Ridge and historic Britannia Beach on the Howe Sound, outside of Vancouver, Canada, The Tree That Saved Christmas is executive produced by Front Street Pictures’ Harvey Kahn (UP’s Far From Home, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”).  David Winning (UP’s recent Paper Angels and The Town That Came A-Courtin’) directs the film from a script by Michael J. Murray (The Wishing Tree, Michael Jordan: An American Hero).  The ensemble cast also includes Corey Sevier (Immortals, “Cedar Cove”), Matthew Anderson (“Almost Human,” Tomorrowland), Jim Thorburn (“Continuum,” “Blackstone”), Eric Keenleyside (“The Killing”), Lini Evans (“Bates Motel,” “Arrow”), James Kidnie (“Arrow,” “This Is Wonderland”), Karen Holness (Chicago, “Fringe”), Christina Jastrzembska (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eve of Destruction), Olivia Steele-Falconer (Red Riding Hood, “The Hundred”), Alisha Newton (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, UP’s “Heartland”) and newcomer Yasmeene Lily-elle Ball.


The Tree That Saved Christmas is the story of Molly Logan (Lacey Chabert), a passionate, 29-year old writer bursting with stories about her family’s rustic tree farm in Danbury Falls, Vermont.  For years, Molly has filled her journals with tales of the special Christmas trees her family grows and ships all over the country each year.  But one particular tree – a “Charlie Brown”-sort of evergreen, marked when she was 9 – has always held a special place in her heart.  And “Molly’s Tree” was just delivered to her boss’ condo in Manhattan.  Now a writer’s assistant to Pendant Publishing CEO Walter Dunlap (Jim Thorburn), the end-of-year demands of work leave Molly unable to return home for Christmas this year.  But when her older brother, Ryan (Matthew Anderson), an architect, calls with news that the farm is in foreclosure, Molly takes the unlikely appearance of the pine in NYC as a sign, rushing home with the tree in tow.  Unable to accept that it’s the last season for the Logan Heritage Christmas Tree Farm, she becomes determined to help her parents Gordon (Eric Keenleyside) and Betty (Lini Evans) and learns that her childhood friend and old flame Lucas Bishop (Corey Sevier) now works for the bank.  With the mayor about to sign the “go-ahead” on construction of the new “Paradise Resort,” can Molly’s journals full of stories about their trees inspire Lucas and the town to keep the Christmas spirit growing in Danbury Falls? 


“In The Tree That Saved Christmas, Lacey Chabert is charming as a hard-working, aspiring writer who can’t put her finger on the one thing missing in her life,” said Sophia Kelley, senior vice president of programming, UP.  “By reconnecting with family during a crisis at Christmas, she finds her true purpose and inspires a town.  This film twinkles in this year’s ‘Everything You Love About Christmas’ schedule on UP.”


UP presents The Tree That Saved Christmas, a Front Street production.  Starring Lacey Chabert, Corey Sevier, Matthew Anderson, Jim Thorburn, Eric Keenleyside, Lini Evans, James Kidnie, Karen Holness, Christina Jastrzembska, Olivia Steele-Falconer, Yasmeene Lily-Elle Ball and Alisha Newton.  Directed by David Winning.  Produced by Front Street Pictures’ Harvey Kahn.  Director of Photography is Anthony Metchie.  Editor is Alison Grace.  Script by Michael J. Murray.


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