What Do Santa Claus and a Frisbee-Loving Dog Have In Common?

Get into the holiday spirit with some of the archive’s best Christmas videos, from documentaries about Santa and a Frisbee-loving dog to an experimental film about snow fall. 

“The Santa Tapes” by Scott Jacobs

In this short film, Jacobs follows an 80-year-old man preparing to appear as Santa for the Marshall Field’s department store. Watch as he transforms into ol’ Saint Nick and explains how his work has convinced children that he is in fact the real Santa Claus. 

“Christmas Morning in Sister Bay” by Dan Sandin

An experimental video in which sounds of waves gently reaching the shore and church bells playing Christmas carols are heard while computer processed video pans across the beach of Sister Bay. Tom Weinberg, Media Burn founder and Image Union producer, said, “Dan Sandin was the Marco Polo of digital imagery. This looks tame 30 years later, but he was exploring new ground every time.”

“Dr. John and Martha Faye” by David Obermeyer

Obermeyer interviewed and filmed Dr. John Pickerill and his amazing Frisbee dog, Martha Faye. While it started as a hobby, it became something they could perform at sporting events, as shown in this clip. While John says he started doing Frisbee as a radical act against commercialism, he realizes how much he plays back into the system. Regardless, he enjoys entertaining the crowds. 

Looking for more footage to get you in the Christmas spirit? Watch past Image Union Christmas specials on Media Burn. 

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