The filmmakers and actors of “Rekindling Christmas” have a major reason to be proud. The film won “Best Feature Film” at the Burbank International Film Festival. Digital Journal has the scoop.
“Thank you James Ganiere, Rebekah R. Ganiere, Ashley Atwood, and Pearson Rosie for making this night a reality. I am incredibly grateful and honored to be part of the dynasty you are building and to of been your leading man on screen for the first of many films to come,” lead actor Michael Patrick Lane posted on Instagram.
“Rekindling Christmas” was directed by James Ganiere, and it was written by Rebekah Ganiere.
Ashley Atwood stars as teacher and author Annika Marshall, Michael Patrick Lane portrays former football star Jesse Winchester, Christian Ganiere plays Anniak’s son TJ Marshall, and Disney star Raini Rodriguez takes on the role of Carrie, Jesse’s assistant.
Other cast members include Nickelodeon star Thomas Hobson as Allistair, Sal Velez Jr. as Dean Samborn, and child actress Stella Grubb as Lizzy.
The synopsis of the film is as follows: Annika Marshall and Jesse Winchester were the ideal couple back in their college days. One week after they got engaged, Jesse was drafted into the NFL, and never came back. Fast-forward many years later, Jesse is back in town with an injured knee and his sole goal is to live a more modest life and win his college sweetheart, Annika back.
This year, “Rekindling Christmas” received a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Daytime Fiction Program.” It earned a favorable review from Digital Journal.