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‘Glee’ alums, Judd Nelson to star in ‘Santa Fake’

Damian McGinty will star in “Santa Fake,” which will be filmed in Santa Fe. (Katy Winn/AP)

It’s the holidays. Why not make a holiday movie?

The New Mexico Film Office announced the independent film, “Santa Fake” is in production through mid-January.

“Santa Fake” is written and directed by Santa Fe local, Julie Burris, and stars Damian McGinty and Heather Morris from the hit television series “Glee.”

It follows Pat Keeley, played by McGinty, who finds his joy after being chased by criminals and the law from New York to New Mexico where he uncovers that Santa might not be fake at all.

“Glee” alum Heather Morris will begin filming “Santa Fake” in Santa Fe. (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

The production also stars Judd Nelson, John Rhys-Davies, Tony Amendola, Soledad St. Hilaire, Pancho Moler, Jeff Fahey and Santa Fean Gary Farmer.

“I’m thrilled to be filming the movie here,” Burris said. “When I first came to Santa Fe, it was during Christmastime and it felt special. I want to capture the holiday season for the film. I want to showcase the beauty of Santa Fe.”

According to the film office, the production will employ approximately 45 New Mexico crew members, approximately 15 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 150 New Mexico background talent. It will also film in Santa Fe.

Burris said she struck gold with the cast.

Because the film is a musical, she had to find stars that were singers as well.

“I actually watched ‘The Glee Project,’ which Damian won,” she said. “Then he appeared alongside Heather in the TV series. He’s super talented and I think he will do amazing in this role.”

The film was cast by the film’s co-producer and local casting director Faith Hibbs-Clark.

“Even during the holiday season, New Mexico’s film industry is at work,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “New Mexico is a prime location for movies of all genres and we’re proud to welcome another production to New Mexico.”

The producing team includes Santa Fe local and prominent feature film producer, Chad Burris; long time New Mexico film technician, Jonathan Delaney Marsh; Matt Hanson, who has produced three projects here in the Land of Enchantment; and NaNi Rivera, Chair of the Santa Fe Film Festival.

Burris hopes to have the film distributed for Nov. 2018.

Judd Nelson will star in the film, “Santa Fake.” (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

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