EXCLUSIVE: ETM Distribution has set a nationwide theatrical release for Holiday Twist, a new family film starring Kelly Stables (Superstore), Neal McDonough (Yellowstone), Sean Astin (Stranger Things) and more. Marking the debut feature of Stephanie Garvin, who directed from her own script, the film will bow exclusively in 500+ theaters nationwide December 1st.
Pic centers on a high-powered female executive and Grinchy workaholic CEO (Stables), whose whole world comes crashing down amidst unforeseen circumstances, despite her self-perceived importance. With help from a Salvation Army Santa (Blake Leeper) and a little holiday magic, the protagonist finally realizes the key to letting go of her painful past is the answer to becoming the twinkling light that both her community and her family need.
Rounding out the cast are James Maslow (Big Time Rush), Emily Tosta (Mayans M.C.), Caylee Cowan (Willy’s Wonderland), Drew Fuller (Army Wives), Brian Thomas Smith (The Big Bang Theory), Haley Reinhart (American Idol), Kelli Mi Li (Bling Empire), singer-songwriter Jake Miller, and TikTok star Montana Tucker. Producers on the project included Garvin (The Trial of the Chicago 7) and Scott Rosenfelt (Home Alone).
The exec producer of the forthcoming romantic drama What About Love, starring Sharon Stone and Andy Garcia, which is slated for release on Valentine’s Day 2024, Garvin has also previously served as co-EP on titles including Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. In a statement on the ETM acquisition, she expressed her gratitude for “the invaluable collaboration with and support from my outstanding cast, crew, and producer teams” while making her first feature.
“Through many trials and tribulations, we managed to stay independent and create a family oriented movie with an original music sound track designed to be a light for people who are suffering in many ways through tough times,” Garvin continued. “It’s a story of overcoming adversity, rolling with the punches, and finding joy in the journey along the rocky road of life. It’s my personal passion that it will inspire audiences to be resilient, forgiving and transformative.”