Tyler Taormina, the filmmaker behind Ham on Rye has completed shooting his latest project, Christmas Eve In Miller’s Point, a Christmas comedy. The film features a star-studded cast including Michael Cera, Elsie Fisher, Maria Dizzia, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Shenkman, Gregg Turkington, Sawyer Spielberg, and newcomer Matilda Fleming. The project was produced in association with Crypto Castle Productions and Puente Films and was produced by Cera, Krista Minto, Taormina, David Croley Broyles, and Duncan Sullivan, with executive producers Jeremy Gardner, Joseph Lipsey IV, Brock Pierce, and Jason Stone.
The story follows the Balsano family as they gather for what might be their last Christmas together in their family home. The four generations of the family lose themselves in the festivities, while cousins Emily and Michelle sneak away to a winter wonderland to explore and find their rebellious paradise. The film was written by Taormina, Eric Berger, and Kevin Anton.
Michael Cera is best known on the TV side for his role as George-Michael Bluth on Arrested Development. He currently stars opposite Amy Schumer on the Hulu series Life & Beth, which has been renewed for a second season. Cera’s most recent film credits include Dustin Guy Defa’s The Adults and Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria Bell. He will next be seen in Black Mirror Season 6, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, and A24’s Dream Scenario, among other projects.
Elsie Fisher, who broke out with her starring role in Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, has more recently been seen in features including My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Family Squares, and Netflix’s recent installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. She recurred opposite Sarah Goldberg on the final season of HBO’s Barry and was seen prior to that on Hulu’s Castle Rock.
Maria Dizzia, on the other hand, is currently appearing on Paramount+’s series School Spirits. Dizzia is best known for her role on Orange Is the New Black and has also appeared on shows like The Staircase and 13 Reasons Why. She is part of the cast of Hannah Peterson’s indie drama The Graduates, which is coming off a Tribeca debut. Additionally, she has been seen of late in the films The Good Nurse and Funny Pages and has been tapped for a role on Disney+’s Agatha: Coven of Chaos.
Francesca Scorsese has been seen on the HBO-Sky Atlantic drama series We Are Who We Are from Luca Guadagnino, as well as in films like Hugo and The Departed. Ben Shenkman, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, has most recently been seen on series like The Good Fight, FBI, and Billions, having previously taken on major roles on For The People and Royal Pains. On the film side, he was most recently seen starring in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Gregg Turkington, an actor and comedian well known for his stand-up persona Neil Hamburger, had roles in Ant-Man and the more recent Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, as well as in films like Mister America, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, and The Comedy. He also notably led Rick Alverson’s 2015 Sundance feature Entertainment. Sawyer Spielberg, part of the cast of Apple’s forthcoming miniseries Masters of the Air, has previously been seen in films including Honeydew, The Post, and Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You.
Tyler Taormina made his feature directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Ham on Rye, which world premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. He followed that film up with the drama Happer’s Comet, which premiered at last year’s Berlinale and hits theaters on June 16th.
Christmas Eve In Miller’s Point, a Christmas comedy, has wrapped production, and fans are eagerly anticipating its release. The star-studded cast and talented crew are sure to deliver a heartwarming and entertaining film that is perfect for the holiday season.