Documentary Release: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Also opening today alongside the small masterpiece Jeff, Who Lives at Home and the hilariously raunchy 21 Jump Street is the wonderful documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. The film is in limited release today, exclusively at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto.
Growing up in Baltimore, Kevin Clash was enchanted by TV shows like Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Inspired by the great Jim Henson, his dream was always to create his own puppets and characters. Being Elmo charts Clash’s inspiring rise to fame and how he came to be the “father” of Sesame Street’s most beloved Muppet, Elmo. With revealing interviews and archival footage, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is a moving and inspirational nostalgia trip for older kids and adults.
A personal favourite of mine from last year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, this is the perfect movie to officially open the newly renovated Bloor Cinema, where it starts an exclusive engagement tonight with a post-screening Q&A featuring director Constance Marks. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is being released on DVD on April 3rd from Mongrel Media and is worth seeing as soon as you get the chance, especially at the beautiful new Bloor Cinema. The theatre will also be used as one of the main venues for this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, running from April 26th to May 6th.