Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Jingle Bell Rocks!

Year: 2013
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 93 minutes

Jingle Bell Rocks!

Most of us only get in the mood for Christmas music once a year. Some people—especially those who work retail—think even that's too often. For music enthusiast Mitchell Kezin, his obsession for holiday tunes extends well beyond the season itself. It all began with Nat King Cole's The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot. As a child, Mitchell related to the song's emotional message about a lonely little boy with an absent father. From there, he realized that Christmas music was broader and more complex than the generic mainstream fare we often hear. He began digging through dusty crates at records stores, looking for the most obscure LPs he could find. It's a fascinating passion that's remained strong for over 25 years. Mitchell's sincere excitement is extremely contagious. Even the biggest haters will gain a new appreciation for seasonal ditties. With appearances from Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips), John Waters, Joseph “Run” Simmons (Run DMC), Dr. Demento, and more, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is an undeniably delightful documentary about a very unlikely hobby. —E.F.

CIFF38 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM -
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Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM -
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM -
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Documentary Features
Recommended for High School +

Music Movies Competition

Mitchell Kezin

Mitchell Kezin is from Vancouver. He received a B.A. in Film and Video Production from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in 2003. His 1994 short film "Steam" won Best Short Documentary at the Montréal World Film Festival.


Mitchell Kezin, Mila Aung-Thwin, Bob Moore

Mitchell Kezin

Mark Ellam, Kirk Tougas, Van Royko

Ryan Mullins

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