Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Nov 13th at 3:15 for Being Elmo at the Landmark E Street Cinema . Look for Brian A. wearing a green sweater and beard in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
Every day, millions tune in to “Sesame Street” to see one of the world’s most adored and recognizable charactersa furry red monster named Elmo. Yet the man behind the icon is able to walk down the street without being recognized. Meet Kevin Clash. Growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin had very different aspirations from his classmateshe wanted to be a puppeteer. He started making his own puppets at an early age from household materials (including the lining of his dad’s coat) and putting on shows for the neighborhood children. With the support of an understanding family and his own blazing talent and desire, Kevin made his dreams of joining the Muppets come true, landing a spot on “Sesame Street” and getting to work with his idol, Jim Henson. Combining amazing archival and contemporary footage, Being Elmo 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 captivating documentary is a feel-good delight.
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