Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Won't You Be My Neighbor?


Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 94 minutes

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society. In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists. —Focus Features

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:15 AM

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Morgan Neville

Morgan Neville was born in 1967 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and originally worked as a journalist in New York City and San Francisco. In 2014 His film “20 Feet From Stardom” won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Music Film.

Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A. (1995), Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll (2000)–CIFF22, Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: 'Cowboy" Jack Clement's Home Movies (2005), The Cool School (2008)–CIFF32, Johnny Cash's America (2008), Search and Destroy: Iggy & The Stooges' Raw Power (2010), Troubadours (2011), 20 Feet from Stardom (2013), Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015), The Music of Strangers (2015), Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015), WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (2018)

Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma

Graham Willoughby

Jeff Malmberg, Aaron Wickenden

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Cuyahoga County Public Library

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Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

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