Jingle Bell Rocks!

Director Mitchell Kezin
Genre Documentary
Runtime 93 minutes
Country of Origin Canada
Language English
Supplier EyeSteelFilm
Festivals/Awards Winner - Best Documentary, Whistler Film Festival 2013
Release Date In theatres on December 6, 2013

Synopsis

Pop music tackles tough subjects like war, racism and inequality. Music evolves with the times, helping frame our vision of the world. So why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck roasting tired old chestnuts with Nat King Cole?

Are there any songs that embrace our modern, eclectic,conflicted, but still beloved Christmas celebration? Is there no music to inspire our slightly cranky, somewhat jaded, yet sincerely searching souls?

There is! But these scrappy slices of vinyl can be hard to find. Jingle Bell Rocks! will take you on a trippy, cinematic sleighride to unearth to unearth twelve of the most amazing Christmas songs ever recorded.

With titles like, "Green Chri$tma$," "Santa Claus Was a Black Man" or "Merry Christmas Someone" these funny, sad, satirical, and scathing songs explore the flipside of the Yuletide: racial inequality, religious freedom, nuclear war, family angst, conspicuous consumption, or just the yearning sadness of being alone at the happiest time of the year.

Jingle Bell Rocks! follows Christmas music junkie Mitchell Kezin as he unveils twelve of his most cherished, alternative Christmas songs. Hitting the road to uncover the stories inside the grooves, Mitchell hangs with his holiday heroes - musicians, deejays, record execs, radio hosts, composers, critics and fellow collectors - who share his passion. NYC's hip hop archivist & music writer Bill Adler, Chicago rock promoter Andy Cirzan and LA Water Works laborer Tim Sewell are three of the world's legendary Christmas music fanatics who will open up their hearts and their astonishing collections.

We'll feature exclusive conversations with the artists behind the music: from hiphop legend Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons of RUN DMC, to late 60s folk pop family The Free Design, from alt pop chanteuse Erin Moran of A Girl Called Eddy to "Schoolhouse Rock" creator & genuine hillbilly bebopper Bob Dorough, who wrote and sang the caustic "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)" - a landmark collaboration with jazz giant Miles Davis.

Amid this merry mayhem, we'll hear irreverent and insightful commentary from figures including L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Canadian radio legend David Wisdom.

Through rollicking live performances, intimate interviews and a kaleidoscope of touching and kooky archive, we'll journey deep into the Christmas cosmos, uncovering the remarkable stories behind twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you've never heard.

Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage and revealing character study, Jingle Bell Rocks! follows this motley crew of merry misfits as they confront the Christmas music mainstream, reinventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century.


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