The Jews Who Wrote Christmas
A Musical Documentary Going To Camera in Toronto
Directed by Larry Weinstein
Written and Produced by Riddle Films’ Jason Charters and Liam Romalis
Shooting in Toronto April 20 – 24, 2017
World Broadcast Premiere – CBC, and CBC documentary Channel, in December 2017
Sold to 8 broadcasters – NDR (Germany), NRK (Norway), ORF (Austria), SVT (Sweden), ARTE (France), RSI (Switzerland), YLE (Finland), CBC TV (Canada)
Funding Partners – CMF, and Rogers Cable Network Fund.
Filmed on location in Toronto’s iconic Sea-Hi Famous Chinese Tavern, The Jews Who Wrote Christmas will be a period piece, circa 1960s. Directed by Academy Award-nominated director, Larry Weinstein (Inside Hana’s Suitcase, Beethoven’s Hair, Making Overtures), and produced by Jason Charters and Liam Romalis of Riddle Films.
The Jews Who Wrote Christmas is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday.
It’s an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream – a generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world, and for at least one day a year, make us believe in it.
THE FILM WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SONGS/PERFORMERS:
Winter Wonderland (1934) Performed by: Gaston Poon & Franc-Anton Harwood
The Christmas Song (1944) Performed by: Dione Taylor
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1949) Performed by:Tom Wilson, Kevin Breit and The Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Silver Bells (1951) Performed by: Steven Page
Holly Jolly Christmas (1962) Performed by: Roger Feng, Gaston Poon, Franc-Anton Harwood & Don Pham
Do You Hear What I Hear (1962) Performed by: Aviva Chernick, Justin Gray
Vinter Vinderland (1934/2017) Performed by: David Wall, Aviva Chernick, Dione Taylor, Lemon Bucket Orkestra
About Riddle Films
Riddle Films is an award-winning company dedicated to capturing the world of the performing arts and culture and making it accessible to as broad an audience as possible. Helmed by producers Jason Charters and Liam Romalis, their work has aired on television screens, online and at film festivals around the world, including CBC, Bravo, PBS, YLE, VisionTV, Canal+, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.