Hashtag Blessed The Movie

Not all that Glitters is Gold…
It’s Christmastime and Jessi is all but excited. She finds herself with comparisonitis in the world of social media. Other women her age just seem to “have it all”, including that engagement ring. Jessi finds herself frustrated over her job at the local movie theater, still struggling with the loss of her parents, and drowning in student loan debt. Her Grandma and friends seem to be concerned for her health and well being, and only want Jessi to be happy.

Will Jessi ever see the love that is right in front of her? Will she continue down her dark path of negativity and struggle, or will the magic of Christmas shine light on her future?

  • Stephanie McBain
    Kiss on Candy Cane Lane
  • Dalea Cherie Faulkner
    The Christmas Witch
  • Martina Webster
    Turnover Movie
  • Isabella Blake-Thomas
    Key Cast
    Disney's Secret Society of Second BornRoyals
  • Char Leonard
    Key Cast
    "Grandma Maribel"
  • Nicholas Heard
    Key Cast
    Moon Students
  • Amanda Michalek
    Key Cast
    Curse of Nephthys
  • Tashara May
    Key Cast
    What Goes Around
  • Edwin Modlin II
    Key Cast
    Men in Black
  • Pamela Bowen
    Key Cast
    "Mrs. Thompson"
    Broken at Love
  • John Crosby
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Thompson"
  • Ena O'Rourke
    Key Cast
    The Social Dilemma
  • Joel Christopher Payne
    Key Cast
    "Santa - Nick L. Klaus"
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Holiday-Christmas, Family, faith
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Arri Alexa Mini Standard 1.78
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Chandler International Film Festival
    Chandler, Arizona
    United States
    January 23, 2022
    People's Choice Award
  • Women's Worldwide Film Festival
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    United States
    February 19, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Indie Film Fest Awards
    Awards Only
    United States
    Award of Merit: Film Feature Award of Merit: Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising Award of Merit: Women Filmmakers (Martina Webster and Dalea Faulkner) Award of Merit: Script / Writer (Dalea Faulkner)
  • Scotland International Festival of Cinema
    Peebles, Scotland
    April 23, 2022
    Scotland Premiere
    Best Score Feature film, Indy film Award
  • Festigious Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Narrative Feature, best Actress Isabella Blake-Thomas , Inspiring Women in film producers Martina Webster & Dalea Faulkner
  • Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
    United States
    Best Director, Best Script Dalea Faulkner, Best Supporting Actor Nicholas Heard, 11 Nominations
Distribution Information
  • Offers are on the table and are being negotiated
Director Biography - Stephanie McBain

Stephanie McBain is a writer and director originally from Wisconsin who resides in Los Angeles. She was nominated for Best Director at GIFF for her short film "Embedded" and have since written and directed two feature films. "Roads Trees and Honey Bees" (2019) and "A Kiss on Candy Cane Lane." (2019) She is an actors director who enjoys every minute of bringing a story from script to screen. She is very excited to be a part of Hashtag Blessed.

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Director Statement

Hashtag Blessed is everything we love about traditional Christmas movies and more. My excitement level escalated after reading this script and I knew I wanted to direct it. It’s a holiday story with a lot of depth that touches on some heavy topics like mental health in our youth. Even with mental health being a huge presence in our society it’s still not the easiest thing to discuss. This film was an opportunity to create a much-needed dialogue within a family. Knowing that this movie had a purpose that could go beyond the entertainment aspect helped us all push through a tight shooting schedule and some very cold days.

Our producer Martina Webster and Dalea Faulkner producer/writer use the phrase “Movies with Meaning,” and that’s exactly what we accomplished with this film. What we experienced on set and what you see on the screen is pure heart. I was very proud to be able to help bring this story to life. The holidays are magical and so are making movies, especially this one.

Producer's Statement:
I love Christmas Movies, but am convinced it is time to have some that doe not fit the cookie cutter mold. We have a series of 10 books and Christmas Films planned for the future that follow our "Movies with Meaning" - but don't worry, they will still have a lot of Christmas Magic and love! I am also proud to team up with my daughter Dalea Faulkner, the writer of these magical stories - Martina Webster