Noel returns to New York City hoping to put the past year behind him. Heartbroken, he spends the holidays working the night shift at a sidewalk Christmas tree lot and living in a trailer, not getting much sleep. He is bad-tempered and self-destructive until one strange night, when he comes to the aid of a mysterious woman. She and a free-flowing group of colorful customers rescue him from despair. Thoughtful and delicate, the film follows Noel on his lonesome search for hope and companionship while observing the holiday season from a new and unconventional perspective.
Director’s Statement: Charles Poekel
It was 2009 when I first thought of making a film about a Christmas tree stand. I was living in Brooklyn and witnessed for the first time the ways in which New Yorkers embraced these temporary residences. I interviewed a few vendors and even volunteered at selling trees, but I felt like I was only scratching the surface, so I decided to open my own stand. This way I could learn the ins and outs to write the screenplay, control my main location, and even use the profits to fund the film. I ran the stand for three years part-time. The fourth year, we made the film. Our actors took turns selling trees, takes were interrupted for customers, and even a few customers made their way into the film. The whole process was very organic.