FARMER AND THE BELLE: Saving Santaland Writer, Actors Jenn Gotzen And John Chandler Want To Show Young Girls That Beauty Comes From The Inside


Interview by Paul Salfen

Sparks fly between a famous model and a farmer with a young daughter when she visits her childhood home. The town is in danger of losing their beloved Santaland festival, but miracles can happen with a little love, family and faith.

Distributed by Vision Films, Inc., Mill Creek Entertainment and produced by Idealist-Gotzon Films in association with 2 Actors Productions, THE FARMER AND THE BELLE: SAVING SANTALAND features Jenn Gotzon (MY DADDY IS IN HEAVEN), Jim E. Chandler (AMC’S Lodge 49, Stranger Things), Corbin Bernsen (Major League), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Natasha Bure (Home Sweet Home, Fuller House, The Voice), Delilah (nationally-syndicated radio host), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS, OCTOBER BABY) and introduces Adele Chandler.

“THE FARMER AND THE BELLE is a delightful holiday film that is perfect for these times,” says Lise Romanoff, CEO and Managing Director of Vision Films. “The empowering message for girls and women that beauty radiates from inside is a message we never tire of enforcing. And there is no better time for this hopeful, entertaining film with this message. We are confident it will join the ranks of annual holiday favorites!”

“With so much content in the marketplace sending the wrong message to young girls, we wanted to offer a different perspective,” said Jenn Gotzon, who stars in and produces the film. “There’s a lie written inside a woman’s heart when she is just a little girl, and that lie is, ‘If you are beautiful, then you are worthy of love.’ What people will learn – women and men – in THE FARMER AND THE BELLE: SAVING SANTALAND is God’s view on beauty clearly seen in the Bible – we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are a treasured inheritance. It puts the focus of beauty on the heart and how we serve and love others.”

The film also takes its important message beyond the screen with three products that support the truth of beauty founded in relationship to God, which will also be available on QVC on November 17:

■     A #Beauty Bracelet features five charms, each with two encouraging statements about the truenature of beauty. A significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to Point Hope, a non-profit organization, founded by national radio personality Delilah that puts focus on the children within the U.S. foster care system and in providing water in Ghana.
■     A 30-day devotional and study Divine Beauty: Becoming Beautiful Based on God’s Truth by Michelle Cox (Hallmark’s devotional co-author, When God Calls the Heart) and Jenn Gotzon with online video Bible studies available, one for women, one for teens.
■     And a children’s book that reinforces the film’s message – Beautiful Mable – by Mike Nawrocki, a co-creator of VeggieTales – and illustrated by Sara Jo Floyd.

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