Jingle Bell Rocks!

In JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes – including hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow. In his search for the twelve best, underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded, Kezin both asks and answers the question, “Why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck cozying up with Bing Crosby under a blanket of snow?”

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. With rollicking live performances, intimate interviews, and a kaleidoscope of touching and rare archive footage, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a cinematic sleigh-ride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. It’s also a mix-tape of twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard.

 

"JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a loving look at Christmas songs that seldom crack the charts but burrow into the hearts and minds of people looking for an alternative to the Holiday standards."  - NOW MAGAZINE

"Amazing. Touching. Original" - LA PRESSE

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION - IDFA 2013

 

2014 / Canada / Colour / English / 1.78 widescreen presentation / 5.1 Dolby Surround & Dolby Stereo / 94 minutes

 

Director: Mitchell Kezin

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes including Joseph "Rev.Run" Simmons, Brian Cullman, and Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night"
  • Christmas questions by El Vez
  • Bill Adler and Sara Moulton on being married to a collector
  • Moira Dedrick on Chris Dedrick and The Free Design
  • More Christmas goodies!