Becoming Santa – Jack Sanderson & Jeff Myers interview

Jack Sanderson in "Becoming Santa"

Have you wondered how does one become Santa in a shopping mall? Well, you will in the case of Jack Sanderson how did he “Becoming Santa” at the Calgary International film festival screening at Plaza Thu Sept 29, 7pm & Eau Claire Sun Oct 2, 12noon.

Director Jeff Meyers follows Jack Sanderson, an aspiring Santa trying to recapture the Christmas spirit after his parents’ passing. As Sanderson goes through his journey to becoming a mall Santa for a season, from bleaching his beard and hair to shopping for a custom suit, attending Santa school, and learning the tricks of the trade …

Here is my “Becoming Santa” interview with Jack Sanderson & Jeff Myers. I am very much looking forward to watching the film and meeting Jack Sanderson with reindeer and other Santas in the Calgary screening!

Becoming Santa full film synopsis from CIFF,

Jack Sanderson in Attendance!

It’s not quite the Red Mile, but you may just see a different type of red jersey scattered throughout the theatre for BECOMING SANTA. Winner of the audience award at this year’s SXSW film festival, this Yuletide doc will get everyone in the holiday spirit a little early this year.

Director Jeff Meyers follows Jack Sanderson, an aspiring Santa trying to recapture the Christmas spirit after his parents’ passing. As Sanderson goes through his journey to becoming a mall Santa for a season, from bleaching his beard and hair to shopping for a custom suit, attending Santa school, and learning the tricks of the trade, Meyers discovers that the task is harder than anyone would expect, and involves a personal, physical and emotional transformation that few of us are aware of. BECOMING SANTA features a number of interviews with professional Santas and Santa aficionados (including Calgary’s very own instructor and Santa agent Jennifer Andrews from the Victor Nevada Santa School), along with historians who provide a fascinating history of Santa Claus in America.

Warning: This documentary may contain some unwelcome surprises for young children.

2 Responses to Becoming Santa – Jack Sanderson & Jeff Myers interview

  1. N. L. says:

    I absolutely loved this documentary. It brought me back to when I was a little girl. I got my parents who are eighty to watch it and they loved it as well. Jack Sanderson was the best Santa ever. He truly is a natural and is full from the tip of his hat to the toes of his shoes full of the holiday spirit and what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. My uncle was single and he spent thirty years of his life being santa for his church, Way to go to all the cast and crew of this movie.
    N. L.

  2. kempton says:

    Happy to read you enjoy this doc and thanks for sharing your uncle’s santa experience.

    By the way, I think Jack is being santa in Hong Kong this Christmas. I hope he is having a great time in HK!

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