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Jingle Bell Rocks 

Tracking the history, mystery, majesty and gooey heart of Christmas tunes

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Filmmaker Mitchell Kezin follows his own obsession with Christmas music (his gateway disc was "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot") into an amusing round-up of holiday tunes; a cultural history of contemporary Christmas songs (from Elvis to "Back Door Santa"); and the vinyl junkies who collect the often-sneered-at music. Kezin checks in with some well-known fans, including: John Waters, musician Wayne Coyne, Run DMC and Bob Dorough, who penned one of the first anti-Christmas holiday tunes, "Blue Xmas," for Miles Davis. Turns out that beneath the snark, these guys (like most record-hounds), are surprisingly sentimental about holiday music. They all make pretty convincing arguments that there is something affirming about even the most over-played, ill-advised or just plain weird Christmas song. Tra la la! (At each screening, three audience members will be picked to root through on-hand Christmas LPs and choose a song to be played.)

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