About the Film:
Be our neighbor on Thursday, June 21 at for a special advanced screening of the critically-acclaimed Mister Rogers documentary. UPDATE: The June 21 show is SOLD OUT. Additional showtimes (for 6/22-28) coming June 18.
The screening will be followed by a group discussion with one of the original producers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and current producer on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Margy Whitmer (via Skype). The discussion will be led by WXXI’s Manager of Educational Training & Family Engagement Cara Rager. General admission tickets are $9.
Come to the screening dressed in your best Fred Rogers garb and receive some Mister Rogers swag!
A full run of Won't You Be My Neighbor? will start Friday, June 22.
More: For over thirty 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, Fred 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, Fred 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, Fred 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.
Bonus: Rochester artist Jess Antonow of Bless the Messy will have a pop-up show 6-8 also on June 21. Prints of hand-lettered Fred Rogers quotes will be on sale (among other things) with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Little Theatre.