U.S. distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the U.S. rights to Jingle Bell Rocks (pictured), Mitchell Kezin’s doc on Christmas music fanatics, which it will release this winter.
In the doc, Kezin introduces viewers to fans of Christmas music and sets out to find the 12 best, under-appreciated Christmas songs ever recorded. Among the Jingle Bell Rocks interviewees are Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne and filmmaker John Waters.
The doc is Kezin’s first feature and was produced in collaboration with Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin and Bob Moore of EyeSteelFilm, along with Jeffrey Kline of Darby Pop Productions.
“As lovers of great underground music and terrifically off-beat characters, we felt this film was a perfect fit for O-scope,” said Dan Berger and David Laub, who oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions at Oscilloscope, in a joint statement. “Mitch has made a funny and endearing documentary that we think will be a holiday staple for years to come. At least for us two Jews.”
Kezin added: “It’s been an incredibly long and difficult journey bringing this film to completion and to have it end up embraced by Oscilloscope in this way is truly a Christmas miracle! I won’t be asking Santa for anything more this Christmas and with O-Scope by my side, I look forward to saving Christmas music, one great unknown song at a time.”