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Las Vegas couple finds film success on Netflix with new Christmas classic, pushing for more diversity

Posted at 12:23 PM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 17:28:33-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 2020 was a tough year for movie theaters across the nation and yet many films still found success by turning to streaming services.

Those behind the scenes still had the same goal to be recognized for their creation.

A Las Vegas couple David Talbert and wife Lyn Sisson-Talbert helped create a Christmas classic, but fell short of an Oscar nomination.

It was the film that stole the hearts of many during Christmas 2020.

Despite a rough year for cinema "Jingle Jangle; A Christmas Journey " found success on Netflix.

The film was years in the making written and directed by the Talbert duo and the holiday whimsical was full of Black joy that captured audiences everywhere.

The fantasy film aimed to be a Christmas classic and it was.

"To me it's very important to share original stories and to continue to put out those original pieces that are different and representative of us. And that was really the inspiration coming from theater we really wanted to infuse in a film everything we ever done with comedy, with music, with dance, with amazing costume designs hair and makeup norminlizing the things that are often talked about," Sisson-Talbert said.

Sisson-Talbert, a prolific producer and author, credits her success to humble beginnings and deep roots right here in the valley.

"I loved growing up in Vegas it is still my favorite place, my family is still there, we have a lot of rich history there. My grandmother actually worked at the Moulin Rouge before she became a realtor," said Sisson-Talbert.

She says it was important to see herself through her work as representation in the movie industry matters.

Despite much success, the Netflix original musical fell short of this year's Oscar nominations but the message was heard that we still need more diversity.

"I do feel like we have a long way to go, but the conversation is being had. It needs to be had more. I am bias but I our movie or should of been nominated with everything that it meant," said Sisson-Talbert.

The couple says they are making sure they change the narrative by creating a lane for all a space were your story matters.