Mark Chmiel ’85 played Phil the Mailman in “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” which ran on Netflix during the 2020 Christmas season.
The film was shot in Atlanta over the summer of 2019 — perhaps not the best time of year to be shooting a Christmas film.
“I’m just relieved that when you look at the movie, you can’t see the sweat — but know it’s there,” Mark told reporter Terry Ahner of the Lehighton, Pa. Times-News.
Keith Giglio ’85 and longtime writing partner — and wife — Juliet Giglio were the screenwriters behind “Dear Christmas,” featuring Melissa Joan Hart and Jason Priestley, on Lifetime last Christmas.
The Giglios are old hands at writing Christmas films for Lifetime. Their movie “Christmas Reservations” ran in 2019, and “A Very Nutty Christmas” screened the year before.
Both Giglios teach screenwriting: Keith at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications and Juliet at SUNY Oswego.