WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
For more than 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD, Rogers and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life's weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn't been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn't been since. Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children's television host, in reality, Rogers' career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society. In WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.
DIR/SCR/PROD Morgan Neville; PROD Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma. U.S., 2018, color/b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED
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