BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer's Journey
Director: Constance Marks, Philip Shane
Each and every day, millions of kids tune in to Sesame Street to see one of the worldâ€™s most adored and recognizable childrenâ€™s characters, a furry red monster named Elmo. Yet, with all of Elmoâ€™s fame, the man behind the Muppet is able to walk down the street without being recognized.
Meet Kevin Clash. As an average teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin had very different aspirations from his classmatesâ€”he wanted to be a puppeteer. More specifically, he wanted to be part of Jim Hensonâ€™s team of Muppeteers, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of Sesame Street on a daily basis. With a supportive family behind him every step of the way, Kevin made those dreams come true. Combining amazing archival footage with material from the present day, filmmaker Constance Marks explores his story in vivid detail, chronicling the meteoric rise of Jim Hensonâ€™s Muppets in the process.
- U.S. Documentary Feature Films
- 2011, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 76 min.
- Special Jury Prize Documentary