Meet the man behind Holiday Movies here in Connecticut!

I LOVE HOLIDAY MOVIES!!! This one was filmed in Connecticut like many others and this man is behind it!! Meet Andrew Gernhard, owner and producer of Synthetic Cinema International.

Holiday for Heroes was filmed in CT and you can see it this Friday on the Hallmark Channel!!!


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ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -- Christmas movies offer something for everyone.

They can make you laugh, they can make you cry, and they can transport you to another place entirely.

Thanks to movie magic, the magic of Christmas can be created at any time of the year, even here in Connecticut.

The Christmas movies on Lifetime and Hallmark have a huge fan base, and behind the scenes creating some of these films is someone who is no stranger to Connecticut.

“I love Connecticut. I love the people of Connecticut. I love the locations,” said Andrew Gernhard, owner and producer of Synthetic Cinema International.

Born and raised in Norwich, Gernhard found his passion early on.

“Growing up, I always loved movies. I loved Ghostbusters, Star Wars, same thing everyone else liked,” Gernhard said.

He turned that passion into a career, starting Synthetic Cinema International in 2004, which is based in Rocky Hill.

“We’re not a huge company. We’re not Universal Studios coming in here. We’re a small crew, shooting movies people love,” he said.

Love is an understatement, as those Lifetime and Hallmark Christmas movies have almost a cult following.

“I know people love the Hallmark movies. There’s a lot of fans out there and we see them every time we go to shoot, and the fan base is just growing for these Hallmark movies,” Gernhard said.

He was determined to use Connecticut as a backdrop for many of those films.

“Rediscovering Christmas” was shot in Hartford on Pratt Street this past September.

“A Very Merry Toy Store,” starring Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez, showcased New Britain.

“A Very Nutty Christmas” was filmed on the Connecticut shoreline.

“Romance at Reindeer Lodge” featured South Windsor, Branford, New Haven and Hamden.

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