The Amazing Story of a group of Jewish songwriters who wrote the soundtrack to Christmas.
Set entirely in a Chinese Food restaurant and directed by Academy Award-nominated director, Larry Weinstein (Inside Hana’s Suitcase, Beethoven’s Hair, Making Overtures), The Jews Who Wrote Christmas is an offbeat, irreverent documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Felix Bernard, Mel Tormé, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Gloria Shayne Baker, Lee Mendelsen, and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to the world’s most musical holiday.
It’s an amazing look at the 20th century North American immigrant experience and the extraordinary outburst of musical energy from the children of those immigrants. The new generation rejected their parents’ European past and instead embraced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and, finally, Hollywood. The outsiders began writing the soundtrack to the insiders’ American dreams and in doing so, wrote themselves into history.
The Jews Who Wrote Christmas depicts a journey — a tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream. They were a generation of songwriters who understood the times they were writing for and who would go on to transform themselves and pop culture at the same time. They found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world and, for at least one day a year, made us believe in it.