Being Elmo! Such an Touching Film! #Review

Hey All!

I recently got to see the most amazing film called BEING ELMO that 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.

This movie is a heartwarming story.  The movie is an inspirational tale of a man who pursued his life-long dream as well as an amazing look inside the world of puppetry and the Jim Henson Studio.  It was fantastic to see how someone can chance their dreams and it’s great to see how dreams can come true if you put your mind to it. Clash made his dreams come true and you can too. That’s the message of this film in my opinion.

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.

The has continually played to sold out festival screenings and standing ovations along with numerous awards including Audience Awards at the Nantucket Film Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2011.  For more info on this amazing film please go to: www.beingelmo.com!

***Disclosure: I was not compensated or paid in any way for this post. I attended a free screening of it and I am sharing this for the benefit of my readers. All opinions are my own.***

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