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Bad Santa

Released 2003
Distributor Dimension Films

About Bad Santa

Seemingly concocted by director Terry Zwigoff as an antidote to the sugary Christmas movies that have clogged the arteries of moviegoers for so many years, this 2003 film about a disreputable Santa impersonator makes good on its promise of bad taste, bad manners and bad Santas. Produced by the Coen Brothers and starring a convincingly dissipated Billy Bob Thornton, the film co-stars Bernie Mac and the late John Ritter (this was his last film; he passed away in September of that same year.)

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.