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Directed by Constance Marks



80 minutes



Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Sesame Street’s Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Clash’s inventive puppet creations earned him a reputation in his native Baltimore. Initially hired for the Captain Kangaroo TV program, his abilities were tapped by Jim Henson—a master puppeteer and Clash’s idol—for whom he worked before ultimately finding a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage; interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, and Cheryl Henson, among others; and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

“A first-hand account of what it was like to be part of the Jim Henson Company from its infancy. It’s remarkable how much of Clash’s journey took place on camera from his audition for Captain Kangaroo to behind-the-scenes work on his first Henson film (Labyrinth) and his eventual rise to lead puppeteer on Sesame Street.”—Film Threat

"It is impossible to come out of this documentary about Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, without wanting to hug someone." —Vuture/New York Magazine

The film is released on DVD in March 2012.