A Very NoBudge Christmas

A Very NoBudge Christmas

Christmas movies on NoBudge hit a bit different than your average holiday fare. Of course, there’s the requisite family tensions, as seen in “Disforia” and “Clean Blood,” but this isn't light family viewing -- they register almost as horror films. We offer contrast to those dark visions with a couple of silly L.A. comedies with “Gilbert’s Little Christmas” and “A Seasonal Thing,” films that stand out with their warm weather settings and anything-goes humor. There’s also a sprinkling of loneliness and melancholy as in “Storms Named After People,” and holiday grumpiness like in the documentary, “The Christmas Light Killer.” Perhaps the most quintessential Christmas films of the group are “The Letter” about an odd letter written to Santa, and “Kim Bush’s Abduction,” a comedy about a missing mom at a Christmas party.

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A Very NoBudge Christmas
  • The Letter

    A little girl receives a letter from Santa Claus in this short and sweet holiday film from director Eric Paschal Johnson, co-director of “Observatory Blues”. Over a series of richly melancholic 16mm compositions of a young girl lugging a Christmas tree through fields and forests, Santa narrates a...

  • Kim Bush's Abduction

    Several hours of unanswered texts and phone calls have everyone at a Christmas party wondering: where is Kim Bush? Filmed in Gulfport, Mississippi, and starring real-life sisters Courtney and Gabe Bush (playing themselves), “Kim Bush’s Abduction,” is a rolling mix of mystery and comedy, brimming ...

  • Gilbert's Little Christmas

    Gilbert refuses to have a sad Christmas this year. NoBudge regular Alex Kavutskiy directs “Gilbert’s Little Christmas,” an L.A. holiday comedy which monitors an aspiring entrepreneur (his big idea is hamburgers on a stick) that’s lost all hope after being dumped on Christmas day a year ago. Gilbe...

  • A Seasonal Thing

    New to Los Angeles, an aspiring music supervisor dreams of leaving his soul-sucking day job and establishing a new relationship. An easygoing comedy that tracks a couple days in the life of a well-meaning, self-described “idiot” during the holiday season in L.A. | Written and directed by Marcus J...

  • Disforia

    Jack returns home to find his family has sold their house without his knowledge, perhaps because he’s no longer the Jane they all know. Lio Mehiel directs and stars in “Disforia” (Heidi Hartwig co-directs), a psychological horror about coming out as trans, a haunting vision of alienation and dist...

  • Clean Blood

    A Christmas movie about family, the Apocalypse and an immaculately pregnant man. “Clean Blood” is one of the strangest shorts you’ll ever see. It’s a blood-soaked affair with an outlandish premise but just as defined by an ultra mundane family argument. Written, directed and produced by Jordan Mi...

  • Storms Named After People

    Jess is alone in Tarpon Springs, Florida on Christmas Eve. “Storms Named After People,” directed by Sarah Ballard, is a poetic glimpse into the headspace and disaffection of a young woman skulking around a small tourist town avoiding her father. She tries to delay and defer — instead of returning...

  • The Christmas Light Killer

    Every night in December, residents of a small Philadelphia suburb flock to a holiday light show, and at the end of each night, one man drives the 2 mile stretch, shutting off all the lights. This documentary profile by director James P. Gannon follows the lovable grump, James Cochran, on his nigh...