Holly Hotel-set rom-com viewings to raise funds to help repair hotel, Detroit museum

Six months before the historic Holly Hotel in Holly was nearly engulfed in flames, the historic landmark served as a Christmas winter wonderland movie set for the film “Christmas at the Holly Hotel.”

The Hallmark-style film, produced by Michigan-native Joel Resig, follows a woman returning home for Christmas as she reconnects with her family, embarks on a new career path and falls in love. It first hit theaters and streaming platforms on Nov. 27, and has since been streamed on YouTube more than 500,000 times, said Chrissy Kutlenios, who owns the hotel with her husband, George.

Resig, who has been involved in the production of nearly 30 films, said when he wanted to make a romantic comedy, the perfect filming location instantly came to mind.

Jesi Jensen and Joe Kurak in "Christmas at the Holly Hotel."

“I spoke to so many distributors and every single one of them told me that they could sell the heck out of it (a romantic comedy)… The very first spot that came to mind was the Holly Hotel.

“All I want is to give people an hour and a half where they don’t have to be preached to about religion or politics, or right and wrong,” he said. “Holiday movies are sort of like looking into a snow globe where everything is just nice. Just forget about your life for an hour and a half and watch.”

Source: rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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