The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

Kerry Bishe and Noah Emmerich in THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS distributed by Tribeca Film. Photo Credit William Rexer.

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)

Opened: 12/07/2012 Limited

Village East12/07/2012 - 12/18/201212 days

Trailer: Click for trailer

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Genre: Drama

Rated: PG-13 for thematic material, language, some sexual and drug references.


With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and Mike McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges.

Partial Theater List

Huntington, NY: Cinema Arts Center -- opens December 7

New York, NY: Village East Cinema -- opens December 7

Sag Harbor, NY: Sag Harbor Cinema -- opens December 7

Malverne, NY: Malverne Cinemas -- opens December 7

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Cinema Paradiso -- opens December 14

Lake Park, FL: Mos' Art -- opens December 14

Daytona Beach, FL: Cinematique -- opens December 14

Lake Worth, FL: Lake Worth Playhouse -- opens December 14

Coral Gables, FL: Cosford Cinema -- December 14-16

Wilmington, DE: Theatre N -- December 14-16

Gloucester, MA: Cape Ann Cinema -- opens December 14

Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center -- opens December 14

Toms River, NJ: Traco Theater -- opens December 14

Ogden, UT: Art House Cinema 502 -- opens December 14

Key West, FL: Tropic Cinema -- opens December 14

Ostego, MI: M-89 Cinema -- opens December 14

Beaufort, SC: Performing Arts Center -- December 14 only

Three Rivers, MI: Riviera Theater -- opens December 15

Stuart, FL: Lyric Theatre -- December 18 only

Boulder, CO: Boedecker Theater -- December 19-22

Wilmette, IL: Wilmette Theatre -- opens December 21

Hunter, NY: Mountain Cinema -- opens December 21

Director's Statement

After taking my last two films, NICE GUY JOHNNY and NEWLYWEDS, on the festival circuit, I kept hearing from fans that they were hungry for another look into the Irish Catholic/working class milieu that I had explored in my first two films, THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN and SHE'S THE ONE.

Given that it has been over 15 years since those first two films, I was eager to dive in, so I sat down and wrote my most personal film to date, which turned into, THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS. I took a look at my extended family and my close friends and our experiences growing up in large, tight-knit, Irish-American families. I explored how seven siblings, all having grown up under the same roof, could have such different memories, points of view, and opinions about their experiences in the house. And now as adults, they are forced to come to terms with the damage that was caused when their father walked out on the family 20 years earlier and their mother was forced to raise them alone.

And while these themes connected to audiences in my first films with success, I focused on a deeper and more dramatic tone for FITZGERALDS.

I thought Christmas would be the perfect time to set the film, when families come together, old wounds are either glossed over or exposed, and hopefully forgiveness and a new hope can emerge. And like many Christmas films, the movie aims to resonate with audiences who want to look at their families with a fresh sense of appreciation, in spite of past challenges.

And speaking of family, I thought it was important for me to bring back some of the cast from those early films, whom I consider my filmmaking family, including Connie Britton, Mike McGlone, Anita Gillette and Malachy McCourt. I have added some new siblings into the mix as well, rounding out the cast with actors who have appeared in my most recent films, like Kerry Bishe, Caitlin FitzGerald, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Nick Sandow, Kevin Kash, John Solo, Daniella Pineda, Michele Harris and Heather Burns.

-- Edward Burns