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Every day, millions tune in to Sesame Street to see one of the world’s most adored and recognizable characters—a furry red monster named Elmo. Yet, with all of Elmo’s fame, the man behind the icon is able to walk down the street without being recognized.Meet Kevin Clash. 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. 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 Workshop. The film has won numerous awards at film festivals, including a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

This is not a children’s movie – totally enthralling for grown-ups! older kids may enjoy as well.

Run time: USA / 76 min / Not Yet Rated
Director: Constance Marks
Cast: Kevin Clash (subject), Whoopie Goldberg (narrator), George Clooney, Rosie O'Donnell
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
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"A complete winner..." IndieWire

Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival

A rare documentary that will connect across generations

The Hollywood Reporter

The one film that really stole my heart at Sundance

The Film Stage

Inspiring and joyous