Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Fred Rogers led a singular life. He was a puppeteer. A minister. A musician. An educator. A father, a husband, and a neighbor. Fred Rogers spent 50 years on children’s television beseeching us to love and to allow ourselves to be loved. With television as his pulpit, he helped transform the concept of childhood. He used puppets and play to explore the most complicated issues of the day—race, disability, equality and tragedy. He spoke directly to children and they responded by forging a lifelong bond with him—by the millions. And yet today his impact is unclear. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? explores the question of whether or not we have lived up to Fred's ideal. Are we all good neighbors?

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Credits

Director:

Morgan Neville

Executive Producer:

Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Regina Scully, David J. Cornfield and Linda A. Cornfield, John Boccardo & Derek Esplin, Rick Rosenthal & Nancy Stephens, David Stone and David Boies, Andrea van Beuren, Jenifer Westphal

Producer:

Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma

Cinematographer:

Graham Willoughby

Editor:

Aaron Wickenden and Jeff Malmberg

Music:

Jonathan Kirkscey

Principal Cast:

Joanne, John and Jim Rogers, David Newell, Francois Clemmons, Susan Stamberg, Tom Junod, Yo-Yo Ma

Additional Credits:

Associate Producer: Emma Baiada, Assistant Editor: Kate Brokaw, Assistant Editor: Lee Rosch, Post-Production Supervisor: Jamie McBriety

Contact

Distributor:

Jennifer.Stott@focusfeatures.com
Jennifer.Stott@focusfeatures.com

Public Film Contact:

Jennifer Stott
Focus Features
Jennifer.Stott@focusfeatures.com

Publicity Contact:

Jason Price
jprice@weareslyfox.com
713-223-2796

Details

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Genre:

Documentary

Screening Section:

Festival Favorites

Screening Category:

Documentary Feature

Country:

United States

Language:

English

Runtime:

94:01 mins