Beloved NHFF 2011 Documentary, “Being Elmo”, Awaits Television Broadcast Premiere
If you weren’t fortunate enough to grab a seat at the sold out screenings of Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey, with special guest producer James Miller at NHFF 2011, now’s your chance to see the inspiring doc at home. PBS will premiere the film on April 5th at 10pm with an encore presentation on April 9th at 10pm.
Synopsis: Every day, millions tune in to Sesame Street to see one of the world’s most adored and recognizable characters — a furry red monster named Elmo. Yet, with all of Elmo’s fame, the man behind the icon is able to walk down the street without being recognized.
Meet Kevin Clash.
As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin had very different aspirations from his classmates — he wanted to be a puppeteer. More specifically, he wanted to be part of Jim Henson’s team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic ofSesame Street on a daily basis. With a supportive family behind him, Kevin made his dreams come true.
Combining amazing archival footage with material from the present day, filmmaker Constance Marks explores Kevin’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and including interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others, this insightful and personal documentary offers up a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.
Being Elmo won the Audience Award—Documentary at NHFF 2011, and we can’t stress it enough: Don’t miss this film!