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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

Dan Ireland loves movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. He’s the co-founder (and was co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival, is currently Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival and has produced over 15 movies, including John Huston's final film, The Dead and Bernard Rose's Paperhouse.  Ireland made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning film, The Whole Wide World starring the ever amazing Vincent D’Onofrio, and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include PassionadaMrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring the immortal Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow's Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. Aside from launching careers, Ireland has been busy writing his next feature film, Mr. Lively, a vibrant new comedy to go before the cameras this fall. Stay tuned for casting updates right here at TFH!