The Kings of Christmas

World Premiere

USA | 10 MINUTES | English |


The flashy yet underground outer borough phenomenon of elaborate, ornate Christmas exterior house decorations is given a human face in this documentary short. You’ll meet the obsessed, quirky people behind the biggest, brightest, and most over-the-top holiday decorated houses in New York City, including Steve Pancini who owns 600 animated dolls for his lawn and takes an entire month off from work to maintain his display. These are tales of outer Gotham that Manhattanites have yet to see.


Directed by David Kratz

David Katz is a staff editor and writer at Esquire magazine in New York, and was previously at Time Out New York and Vanity Fair. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, and attended the UC Berkeley. This is his first film. The short was initially inspired by a story he had written on one of the featured characters.