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Dana Nachman is an award-winning filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films. Nachman’s latest feature documentary Dear Santa was recently purchased by IFC Films and is in theaters nationwide and available on VOD. Nachman’s 2018 feature documentary Pick of the Litter was sold within 48 hours of its premiere at the Slamdance festival and soon after was released theatrically also by IFC Films. It currently streams on Netflix. The Walt Disney Company hired Nachman to remake Pick of the Litter as a limited original series for Disney+. Nachman served as one of the showrunners of the series. She also directed three of the episodes.

Nachman’s 2019 narrative short Hook Up 2.0 premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now traveling the country and screening at dozens of festivals. It is a part of a trilogy of shorts each featuring a female protagonist of a different generation.

In 2018 Nachman won best female director awards at both Cleveland International Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival.

Dear Santa

Feature Documentary

Pick Of The Litter

Disney+ Docu-series

BatKid Begins

Feature Documentary

Dear Santa

Director, Writer, Producer | 2020

Dear Santa

Director, Writer, Producer | 2020

"Dear Santa” doesn’t deal with the coronavirus pandemic, racial justice or the political divide, but it might be the most important movie of 2020.

G. Allen Johnson - San Francisco Chronicle

“Dear Santa” is one of the most wonderful films of the year.

Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun Times

“Heartwarming. Even Scrooge would be sobbing with joy.”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“Dear Santa delivers a desperately needed dose of holiday cheer during these troubled times.”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“A feel-good film about pure love and joy, and a delight for the whole family.”

– San Francisco Chronicle

“Dear Santa reminds us that there are some constants: People are at their best when caring for one another, there’s nothing better than a kid’s face right before they start tearing wrapping paper off of a box, and Santa always comes to good little boys and girls.”


“‘Dear Santa,’ a delight for the whole family, is the film we all need in 2020…might be the most important movie of 2020. At the very least, the film comes at the perfect time, and we’ve never needed it more…a feel-good film of pure love and joy.. “Dear Santa” is about pulling together, helping neighbors, loving each other and celebrating life and the spirit of giving. It’s a delightful gift at the end of a challenging year.”


“A sprightly feel-good documentary that comes at a time when we could use a lift — and serves as a reminder there are an awful lot of truly good people in this world… Filled with humor and heart and an unabashedly sentimental, can-do spirit, “Dear Santa” is one of the most wonderful films of the year.”

– Richard Roeper, CHICAGO SUN TIMES

“A heartwarming reminder of not only the Christmas spirit but also the importance of kindness and generosity… an affecting, inspiring chronicle of how everyone could use holiday cheer -- whether as a giver or a recipient.”


“Mixing an incredible storytelling ability with her unprecedented access to this United States Postal Service program, Dana has given us a timeless hit. The film brings us inspiring stories of people reaching out to strangers to make their lives a little better. This film is a godsend in these times of economic downturn and pandemic. Dear Santa manages to spark hope in our better selves as we watch these inspiring stories. I dare you not to cry with tears of joy as this film inspires us with the holiday spirit…I give Dear Santa a 5-star rating. Just buy it and add it to your collection of Christmas films you watch each year. It’s that good.”

– Cynthia Floris, SELIG FILM NEWS

“Fascinating and vital viewing… Looking for some much-needed holiday spirit in this challenging year? “Dear Santa” delivers it.”


“Dear Santa offers a touching perspective on the work that goes into bringing holiday cheer…an inclusive film perfect for all ages, especially the little tots who go to bed eager for a visit from the big man himself. Parents need not worry about a certain secret being revealed…has a keen ability to highlight the real heroes of the holidays, the people who tirelessly work to provide children a chance to smile. A perfect encapsulation of the spirit of this time of year.”


“Sweet-as-pie…Writer/director Dana Nachman is an expert at tugging heartstrings… takes your mind off the complete disaster the year has been and makes us realize that giving is important and what the whole holiday season is about. She also slyly imparts the importance of the USPS in a time where it’s mere existence is in question. Overall, I think this documentary is perfect, even if it is a bit of a Christmas propaganda movie. This is the perfect time for that…please watch Dear Santa, especially if you have kids.”

– Lorry Kitka, FILM THREAT

“Charming…Nachman adroitly focuses on the human stories behind the program, structuring the narrative for maximum emotional impact without being cloying…doles out smiles and tears in equal measure.”


“The documentary we need right now…tells a story filled with Christmas joy…the perfect movie for these painful times.”

– Nathanial Muir, AIPT COMICS