The Hallmark Channel’s latest movie, “My Southern Family Christmas,” premieres Thursday, November 24 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. The movie stars Jaicy Elliot, Ryan Rottman, Moira Kelly and Bruce Campbell.
“My Southern Family Christmas” was filmed on location in Louisiana. Many Hallmark films were shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, with many Canadian locations also serving as US locations. But when it comes to displaying places like Baton Rouge, there are no other locations that can match it.
According to Weekly Citizen, the film was partially shot in Sorrento, a town in Ascension Parish, which is also mentioned in the film’s sneak peek.
IMDB Pro also mentions that the film was shot “outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in a small shopping district called Cajun Village.” This was confirmed when BRProud.com reported that filming was taking place from Wednesday, September 21 through Friday, September 23.
Executive producer Daniel Lewis told BRProud that “the Roberts and all the vendors, as well as the community of Sorrento, have been very supportive.”
According to Lewis, “most of the crew are from Louisiana, as are some of the cast members.”
Another photo of the filming location is shared in the Gonzales Weekly Citizen article where they said the filming location was “on the corner of Hwy. 22 and Hwy. 70.”
Katie Pryor, executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission, told WAFB that the Greater Baton Rouge area has spent more than $200 million on filmmaking over the past five years. She said she hopes the trends continue next year.
A Moira Kelly Facebook fan page also posted this sequence of photos from the film.
Bruce Campbell also shared his enthusiasm for the film.
Hallmark’s synopsis reads:
Jaicy Elliot plays Campbell. According to her bio, she was born in the city of Grenoble in France, but at the age of 21 she went to the United States. Because her father was a visual artist, her parents instilled a strong appreciation for the creative process in both her and her sister. At the age of 15, Elliot auditioned for the theater group Upstage, which sparked the start of her career. After that, she was cast in her first supporting role, as Hal, in the movie ‘The Lady Killers’.
On Sept. 26, she teased the signature movie with this Instagram photo, writing, “Belcome Wack #hallmarkchristmas”
In an interview with Channel Guide Mag, when asked about the various jobs she had when she arrived in the United States, she said, “It’s a bit of a cliché, but I’ve been a waitress for a long time. I’ll say, in total, for about 10 years.
Ryan Rotman is Jackson. According to his biography, he recently starred in ‘Billionaire Boys Club’. Prior to that, Rottman had starring roles in the TV series “Guidance” on Awesomeness TV and “Happyland” on MTV. In addition, he appeared in episodes of major shows such as “The Lying Game” on ABC Family and “90210” on The CW, and starred in the drama series “Gigantic” on TeenNick. Other notable credits include regular roles on ABC’s “The Middle” and CBS’s “Viva Laughlin”, as well as a role in the movie “The House Bunny” produced by Columbia Pictures. The most recent Hallmark movie projects he has worked on are ‘Christmas Wonderland’.
In August, he posted this hilarious (if pretty gory) video about the Predator movie.
Bruce Campbell plays Everett. According to his bio, he was last seen reconnecting with Sam Raimi in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. The movie was produced by Campbell. In addition, he co-starred in the Hallmark movie ‘One December Night’ with Peter Gallagher. He also starred in the independent thriller ‘Black Friday’ alongside Michael Jai White. Campbell’s distinctive voice can be heard in the role of Richard Nixon in ’18 1/2′, an indie film directed by Dan Mirvish and starring Richard Kind and John Cryer. Campbell is now producing the next installment in the “Evil Dead” franchise entitled “Evil Dead Rise”.
Last month, he shared a tweet of his son dancing like his father, like a Fortnite character.