ABOUT THE FILM
North Pole, NY is an upcoming feature-length documentary about Santa's Workshop, one of the very first theme parks in the U.S. Battling against a changing economy, the digital world, and a con-man who tries to steal Christmas, the dreamers in one small town vow to keep the park open and the magic of Christmas alive all year.
I've loved theme parks and roadside attractions since I was a kid. In 2012, I visited Santa's Workshop with the intention of doing a larger documentary about the history of theme parks. I became so enchanted with the park, the people, and the town of Wilmington, that I decided to make the entire feature on Santa's Workshop. I want to share the magic of Santa's Workshop and North Pole, NY with the world.
The economic struggles of small towns across the U.S. are well-documented. As chain stores continue to replace mom and pop stores, Main Street U.S.A. is dying. Roadside attractions, once popular among state highway travelers, are rapidly disappearing in the U.S. or being replaced by behemoth amusement parks full of thrill rides.
Wilmington is proof of the enduring power of both small town communities and the American roadside attraction. Overcoming floods, the recession, and a shady business deal, Santa's Workshop has provided generations of people with their first jobs since 1949. It is a true piece of 1950's Americana.
North Pole, NY is a story of resilience, the power of nostalgia and a portrait of the dreamers in one small town that have vowed to keep the magic of Christmas alive all year round.
Ali Cotterill, director, and Christa Orth, producer, have been collaborators since 2004. Their short films have screened at 100+ festivals around the world, won several awards, and been broadcast on Logo TV and Current TV. North Pole, NY, is their first feature.
When they're not filming in the beautiful Adirondacks, Ali works as a film and video editor and Christa works as a consultant at a fundraising and design firm. They're based in Brooklyn, NY.
Check out this article about the film.
You can donate to North Pole, NY through the Independent Filmmaker Project, and your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Donate now!
We are currently 95% of the way through filming, and simultaneously in the midst of our rough cut. Your donation will go directly to funding the filming of the last, crucial sequences for the film. Thank you in advance for helping to preserve this piece of Americana for future generations!
In addition to donations, we are looking for a few final pieces of archival footage, in particular home movies from Santa's Workshop and other local Adirondack parks, especially from the 60's or 70's.
If you have access to any of this footage, please contact Ali Cotterill, the director at northpolenyfilm (at) gmail (dot) com.