Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Poster for Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Winter 2012 Documentary series

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by Constance Marks and Philip Shane

Screenplay by Philip Shane and Justin Weinstein

Starring Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, and Frank Oz

Rated G · 1h 20m
United States

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, the Muppet, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street.

Kevin Clash, whose characters include Elmo, Hoots the Owl and Baby Natasha, is Sesame Street’s Senior Puppet Coordinator and Muppet Captain as well as Sesame Workshop’s Senior Creative Consultant.

He began building puppets at the age of 10 and performed on Baltimore’s Harbor Front and local television as a teenager. Clash’s first television work was for the CBS affiliate in Baltimore. He came to Sesame Street after attracting the attention of Muppet™ designer Kermit Love.

Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

“A winning tale of the persistence and creativity behind one of the most famous and fuzziest faces in the world.” – Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times