Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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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Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.


Morgan Neville



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


Public Film Contact
Jennifer Stott
Focus Features
Publicity Contact
Jason Price
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 94:01 mins