BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY (2011)

Directed and Produced by Constance Marks

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

76-minute feature documentary

 

 

REVIEWS

“Remarkable. A heartwarming story of how one person realized his dream, and made significant sacrifices along the way.”
–Leonard Maltin, The Huffington Post

“Critics’ Pick: A winning tale of persistence and creativity.”
–Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

“Grade A: A marvelous movie!”
–Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“Thumbs Up!”
–Roger Ebert, At The Movies

 

AWARDS

Special Jury Prize SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Top Ten Audience Favorite HOT DOCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Best of Fest SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Audience Award NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL

Audience Award ASPEN FILM FEST

Audience Award TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

Special Jury Prize for Most Life Affirming Documentary TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

Audience Award NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL

Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Best Documentary BLACK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE

Best Documentary ST. LOUIS FILM CRITICS

Best Documentary TEXAS FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

Best Doc Nominee WASHINGTON FILM CRITICS

Audience Choice Nominee GOTHAM AWARDS

Outstanding Documentary Nominee NAACP IMAGE AWARDS