This indie feature is a witty and stylish comedy about the Fitzgeralds, a large Irish Catholic clan from New York, whose grown children and spouses and grandchildren have gathered for a holiday that turns out to be a far cry from the picture-postcard Currier & Ives Christmas anyone had in mind.


LENGTH: 83 Minutes
MSRP: $24.95
CATALOG #: 20481
UPC #: 6-4603204819-3
ISBN #: 1-56839-405-5
PRODUCER: Followspot Entertainment, Ltd.

In addition to being available as a DVD for home-use only, this title is available to colleges, universities, non-profit institutions and community groups with both Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licenses (DSL). For PPR and DSL ordering information, click here.


Christmas, 1998. Long Island.  It’s that marvelous time of year… the wreath on the door, the ornaments on the tree, the cookies baking in the oven…

This year, Peg Fitzgerald wants Christmas to be different. She has taken a drastic step — she’s thrown away the television set, leaving five grown children, four significant others, three fighting siblings, two grandchildren, and Seamus, her TV-loving husband, with nothing to do but actually act like a family for an entire holiday weekend. Welcome to Christmas at the Fitzgeralds.

Starring James Brennan, Lisa Gunn, Annette Hunt, Pete Barker, and Stuart Zagnit.

Awards & Screenings

  • Dove Seal, Dove Foundation
  • Best Feature, Long Island International Film Expo
  • Best Feature, Ohio Independent Film Festival
  • Best Comedy, Angelciti Chicago Film Festival
  • Best Comedy, Thunderbird Film Festival
  • Best Screenplay, Thunderbird Film Festival
  • Screening, Long Island Film Festival
  • Screening, Stony Brook Film Festival
  • Screening, Hardacre Film Festival


As I get older I have to admit that Christmas has lost a little of its luster and allure. Jingle Hell is a delightful excursion into the not always happy event when a family gets together. The humor is delightful.

In some ways the opening credits tell the whole story. Poppa Bear of the clan is Seamus Fitzgerald. He is set on his ways, in his mid sixties, and likes nothing more than his La-z-boy recliner, his TV and his remote.

His wife Peg on the other hand has different thoughts. Christmas is a great chance to bring the family together. An opportunity to reconnect with grown children, their spouses, and the ‘darling’ Grand children.

Peg has a cunning plan to ensure the compliance of her less than happy husband. Hide the TV and Seamus will be forced to take part in the festivities.

Well I will leave it up to the watchers imagination….

What I really like about Jingle Hell is the awful reality of the story and the wonderful humor that it is wrapped around it.

Jingle Hell has another story, one that the average person might miss, but is so .