The Cape House

The Cape House movie poster

A TV Christmas movie that was filmed in Falmouth last fall will be premiered in Woods Hole in December and will begin airing on the AMC network’s streaming service around Thanksgiving.

The movie, originally called “The Cape House,” was shot last November on Falmouth’s Main Street and at a home near Scraggy Neck in Cataumet. The movie has been renamed and is being released as “A Cape Cod Christmas.”

Writer/director John Stimpson of Princeton produced the film for H9 Films LLC of Worcester. He said the Cape Cod premiere screening of the feel-good movie will be on December 4.

“I am thrilled that I am able to share the movie with the community,” he said. “There is a really good chance a star or two will be at the premiere.”

He explained that the event will be like a typical film festival-type experience where the director and some of the cast will be on hand afterward to answer questions from the audience.

The two featured actors for his latest production are Katie LeClerc, known for her role in the ABC Family series “Switched at Birth,” and Brent Bailey, who is probably best known for his role in the film “LBJ,” with actor Woody Harrelson.

The premiere location, time and ticket information details are not yet confirmed as Mr. Stimpson continues to work with the staff at the Woods Hole Film Festival for the event.

“A Cape Cod Christmas” features well-known actors playing out scenes in familiar locations, including Eight Cousins bookstore, the Pickle Jar Kitchen restaurant, and the Main Street Gallery.

It is a feel-good, bona fide cheer-fest Christmas tale one would expect to see on Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” lineup, or Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” holiday schedule of 30 holiday movies.

In “A Cape Cod Christmas,” a children’s author hosts one last Christmas with her feuding siblings before they sell the family house. Along the way she reunites with her childhood sweetheart, who helps her find a way to keep the home she loves.

“It’s a story that seems to repeat itself over and over again on Cape Cod. But this time, there is a happy ending. What do you expect? It’s a Christmas movie,” Mr. Stimpson said, noting the sweet predictability of his seventh Christmas film.

Filming took three weeks during the offseason in Falmouth, which Mr. Stimpson described as cozy and quiet, before deep winter.

“The whole idea was to capture the feeling of Cape Cod’s offseason, and I believe we accomplished that,” he said.

For those who will not see the movie at the premiere, it will be available on AMC+ beginning sometime around Thanksgiving. The official airing schedule has not yet been released, the director said.

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What a great addition to Falmouth's Christmas By The Sea weekend!

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