Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

In RHINEBECK
Sun May 20 3:00

(US / 2011 / dir by Constance Marks & Philip Shane)
Unrated / 80 mins.
* In Person: Patrick Wadden and guests from ARM OF THE SEA PUPPET THEATER
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo tells an inspiring story about the oft unrecognized talent behind one of America’s most adored characters.
Initially mocked for “playing with dolls,” Kevin Clash started out making his own puppets as an adolescent in Baltimore in the 1970s. After becoming the first African American puppeteer to join the Jim Henson organization via the film Labyrinth, he joined the Muppet Brigade on Sesame Street. And when an exasperated colleague tossed Elmo his way, he re-invented the furry red Muppet from his initial grunty caveman persona to the cuddly love magnet of today. Arguably the creative force behind today’s Sesame Street, Clash now produces, directs, and travels around the globe training other artists. A documentary as gentle as its subject, Being Elmo won’t fail to warm your heart.
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