Extras wanted for Nutwood’s Christmas movie – LaGrange Daily News

Extras wanted for Nutwood’s Christmas movie

Posted at 5:27 PM Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Christmas romantic comedy continues to shoot at Nutwood Winery and other locations around LaGrange.

The film stars Ansley Gordon and Chris Connell. The film is being produced for television distribution by executive producer Vanessa Shapiro of Nicely Entertainment. The film is produced by Danny Roth and directed by Dave Thomas and is expected to be released in 2023.

The production team of about 25 people also includes cinematographer Thomas Hennessy.

The holiday film is tentatively titled “A Perfect Christmas Match” based on the winery setting. The made-for-TV movie is expected to be shown in around 26 countries, but a US channel has yet to be established.

Creative executive producer Dave Hickey reported that Shapiro was looking for a holiday film and suggested a vineyard-themed Christmas film.

Hickey said he was filming another movie in Atlanta at the time and heard about Nutwood Winery in LaGrange. When Shapiro saw pictures of Nutwood, she immediately sent him to meet with owners Neil and Trish Lichty.

After hearing some of the history of the property and their foray into winemaking, the filmmakers decided to insert some of their experience into the story.

“Our story was originally set in Seattle, so once we decided on the location and Neil and Trish were so great, we decided to make this kind of their Christmas movie,” Hickey said. “We’re going to reset this to be set in Atlanta and LaGrange using their real names and real local business names.”

Hickey explained that they had different names for the characters and the vineyard. Everything was completely different and he had the writers go back and change things to fit.

Neil and Trish later introduced Hickey to several business owners in town who agreed to allow their business to be used as a filming location.

The Liechtys agreed to let the producers film at the winery for free since they film when the place is usually closed.

“I don’t need money to use the site, but I told them I would like to use the names of the cities because I believe in that city,” Neal said.

“We use C’sons. We use Karvelas. We’re actually using some Karvelas pizza boxes in the scene we’re shooting right now because it’s supposed to be the morning after a pizza party,” Hickey said.

The filmmakers have already shot at Plum Southern and plan to use several other locations around LaGrange, including Pretty Good Books, Emberglow, Café Brulee and Lafayette Square.

The community is also invited to act as extras in the film. For those interested in The Perfect Christmas Pairing, visit