Necessity is the mother of invention. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 1977, Maryanne Kinkade has fallen behind in her mortgage payments and is about to lose her small house in Placerville, a town in California's gold country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Her son Thom, who attends art school and is in his 20s, determines to make the transition from amateur to professional painter to help save the family's home. He seeks advice from an aging mentor. Written by
Love is the brightest light of all.
Did You Know?
Glen listens to Debussy's "Clair de Lune" a few times, which is not listed among music used in the film. See more
In the Hangtown Saloon, the pianist's hands are nearly motionless as he plays the blues. See more
Big Jim stayed up all night fixing the wiring on that tree, and Placerville turned on its real lights that year. I always thought it was the year we found Christmas all over again.
Inspired by true events See more
Written by Chuck Prophet
and Aidan Hawken
Performed by Aidan Hawken See more