Behind the Scenes

Rick Van Velsor | Producer, Writer & Director

Rick comes from an extensive background in Theme Park operations, Theater Arts, Industrial Design, Toy Design, Sculpture and Special Events Management & Production. His list of events is too long to mention here, but he’s more than happy to share if you ask. He is honored to have been an adjunct professor at PRATT Institute, Brooklyn, teaching toy design to Graduate and Undergraduates. Bringing the story of Keeping Christmas to film has been his passion for the last 4 years. He is thankful to his team and all the family of Richard Mahr, especially Evelynn and Christian Forkel, without their help this project would not have been possible.

Elias Danner | Producer & Director of Photography

Elias is an award-winning Director, Cinematographer and Photographer trained in Munich, Vancouver, Toronto and New York. Debuting with the documentary feature film “Living Earth”, nominated “Best Newcomer” at NaturVision Film Festival 2013, Elias is now owner of Germany based production company Mammut Studios.