BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY premiered to much fanfare at Sundance earlier this year. And rightfully so, as it couldn’t be more adorable and loveable. Having toured the country playing a few other film festivals (and gathering both fans and awards in equal measure), on October 21 everyone will be able to experience the film.
BEING ELMO chronicles the life story of puppeteer Kevin Clash – the multiple award-winning persona behind the furry red monster Elmo of television’s Sesame Street. 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 of Sesame 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 legacy.
Winner of numerous film festival awards including a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, BEING ELMO is directed by Constance Marks and produced by Constance Marks, Corinne LaPook and James Miller. It also managed to pick up the Audience Award and a Special Jury Award for Most Life – Affirming Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival. The film recently won the Audience Award at the Nantucket Film Festival, as well.
Some of us lucky folk will be able to see BEING ELMO a little earlier, as it runs during the Docuweeks Film Festival in NYC (at the IFC Center) on August 20-25. It will be shown at the Sunset Laemmle in LA (also as part of Docuweeks Film Festival) starting on September 2-8. For more details on these sets of screenings, take a look here.
BEING ELMO will be rolled out across America as follows. Check out the list below to see if your nearest city is listed. However, don’t dismay if you don’t see your city. More dates and cities will be added shortly. For more information on the film, please check out their website. For now, scan the list and mark your calendars!
October 21 New York, NY IFC CENTER
November 4 Los Angeles, CA Laemmle Theaters
November 4 Seattle, WA Landmark Varsity
November 4 Larkspur, CA Lark Thetater
November 11 San Francisco, CA The Roxie
November 11 Baltimore, MD Charles Theater
November 11 Maitlin, FL Enzian Theatre
November 11 Washington DC Landmark E Street Cinema
November 16 Boston, MA Brattle Theatre
November 18 Boston, MA Coolidge Corner Theater
November 18 West Newton, MA West Newton, MA
November 18 Philadelphia, PA International House of Film
November 18 Atlanta, GA Landmark Midtown Art
November 18 Minneapolis, MN Landmark Lagoon or Edina
November 18 Santa Fe, NM CCA Santa Fe
November 25 Tucson, AZ The Loft Cinema
November 25 Portland, OR Living Room Theaters
November 25 Coral Gables, FL Living Room Theaters
November 25 Hartford, CT Real Art Ways
November 25 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
November 25 Hudson, NY Time and Space Limited
December 2 St. Louis, MO Landmark Tivoli or Plaza Frontenac
December 27 Houston, TX MFA Houston
Check out a clip from the film below and tell us your thoughts.