DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS directed by Larry Weinstein produced by Riddle Films


Dreaming of a Jewish 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, Dreaming of a Jewish 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.

Dreaming of a Jewish 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.


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.