searching for the twelve best, underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded

Strand film stream: ‘Jingle Bell Rocks!’

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 2:15pm

The Strand Theatre continues to present films to stream from their website. Throughout the month of December, the 2014 documentary Jingle Bell Rocks! takes the viewer on a search for the twelve best, underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded.

In Jingle Bell Rocks! director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of legendary Christmas music fanatics, as well as his holiday heroes, interviewing 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.

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.

The film includes rollicking live performances, intimate interviews, and a kaleidoscope of rare archive footage, according to the Strand, in a news release.

Tickets to stream this film are $6 and are available on the Strand Theatre website at

The Strand receives 50% of ticket proceeds, so a viewer’s purchase is a simple and direct way to provide support for the theater.

For more information, visit, email:, or call (207) 594-0070. Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841