As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

 This week, we ask 5 questions to director Sarah Kim about her film, ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

Yeah, but it only cost $10,000, if you don’t count the jewelry.

I was horrified the other day to read that the management of the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi regretted the 11 million dollar Christmas tree it had put up in the gold-leaf covered rotunda of the hotel.

Less than a week before being struck by a bad case of modesty, hotel manager Hans Olbertz boasted that it was “the most expensive Christmas tree ever, with a value of over 11 million dollars.”  The hotel had already contacted Guiness book officials, and in May had installed a gold vending machine in the lobby.

Olbertz clarified how the fake evergreen came to be worth 11 million: “The tree itself is about $10,000.  The jewelry has a value of over 11 million dollars – I think 11.4, 11.5.”

Electric Eel Lights Up Xmas Tree

I often write about how original and awesome the Japanese are. Here’s more proof. The Enoshima Aquarium in Kamakura (south of Tokyo) has a unique holiday tradition that they’ve been observing for the past five years: using an electric eel to light a Christmas tree.

That’s right—one electric eel in a tank is able to generate enough power to keep a two meter tall Christmas tree festivally glowing. It’s all part of the aquarium’s efforts to promote eco-awareness and highlighting alternative forms of clean energy.

This year the aquarium also added a robot Santa Claus that can sing and dance and is powered by human energy–visitors step on a pad that’s hooked up to ole’ Saint Nick.