For actress Jenn Gotzon, the heartwarming new family film “The Farmer and The Belle: Saving Santaland” is highly personal.
“I went through a very bad relationship, and I felt ugly, I felt worthless, I felt fat,” the model and actress told The Christian Post.
“Ater working with therapists and pastors, I realized I didn’t see myself as God saw me. And then I learned that 90% of women in the world struggle with the same lies: ‘If I’m not beautiful, then I’m not worthy to be loved.’ This became the motive behind making the story that is the movie. I wanted to create a biblical pathway to empower girls and women with God’s truth about value and beauty.”
“The Farmer and the Belle” stars Gotzon (“Frost,” “Nixon”), her husband, Jim E. Chandler (“Stranger Things,” “MacGyver”), and John Schneider, along with Corbin Bernsen, radio personality Delilah, singer Beckah Shae, Henry Cho, and others. The film is produced by Joel Bunkowske, along with Gotzon and Chandler.
Now available on video on demand, cable and DVD, the film follows a famous New York-based model who returns to her childhood hometown for the holidays. There, she falls in love with her childhood pen pal, a pig farmer and helps save the town’s beloved Santaland festival. An uplifting Christmas film, “The Farmer and The Belle” highlights the power of faith, love, and family.
Gotzon, who met Chandler while she was working as a fashion model in China in 2014, told CP she felt God calling her to create the film while visiting the Chandler family’s farm in Tennessee.
“God said, ‘I want you to give birth to this story,’ she recalled. “And then we unified with experts in the field of screenwriting, producing and directing, and we lent our experience as actors for the film. But the value of the film came from my own personal life and learning that true beauty comes from the inside.”
In the film, young Belle receives a family heirloom — a bracelet complete with charms bearing phrases like “Beauty is on the inside.” Though she loses the bracelet in a pigsty, she later discovers it, learning the true meaning of beauty in the process.
Filmed on the very farm that inspired the movie, “The Farmer and The Belle” reminds women that “they’re valuable, regardless of what somebody can give them, or what some societal norm teaches them,” the actress added.
“They’re inherently valuable because they are created in the image of God.”
Though the story is largely intended for women and teenage girls, Chandler said