BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY Opens in Limited Release on October 21st

     August 8, 2011


The documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey was one of the popular films circulating at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  It just gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling and not just because it has Elmo.  The film centers on Elmo’s puppeteer/voice actor Kevin Clash and how he followed his lifelong dream of being a puppeteer and became one of the most respected and revered artist in his field.  I liked the movie but a lot of people (including Steve) absolutely loved it.

Being Elmo finally has a released date and it will open in limited release beginning October 21st.  It will then expand nationwide over the following weeks.  Hit the jump for the press release and to find out when this charming film will be coming to your city.

being-elmo-a-puppeteers-journey-movie-image-02Here’s the press release and list of release dates:




2011 Sundance Special Jury Prize Award Winning Film

by Constance Marks About the Life of Puppeteer Kevin Clash

Will Open New York on October 21, Los Angeles on November 4

With National Theatrical Rollout to Follow

New York, NY – Fresh off its double award winning festival screenings at the recent Michael Moore Traverse City Film Festival, the documentary feature BEING ELMO is gearing up for its upcoming theatrical run this fall beginning on October 21 in New York City.  Winning the Audience Award and a Special Jury Award for Most Life – Affirming Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival, the Constance Marks directed film continues to collect fans and accolades, and soon everyone will be able to experience the film. The film recently won the Audience Award at the Nantucket Film Festival, as well.

BEING ELMO chronicles the life story of puppeteer Kevin Clash – the multiple award-winning persona behind the furry red monster Elmo of television’s Sesame Street. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin had very different aspirations from his classmates—he wanted to be a puppeteer.  More specifically, he wanted to be part of Jim Henson’s team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of Sesame Street on a daily basis.  With a supportive family behind him, Kevin made his dreams come true.

Combining amazing archival footage with material from the present day, filmmaker Constance Marks explores Kevin’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process.  Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and including interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others, this insightful and personal documentary offers up a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson legacy.

BEING ELMO will be distributed through Submarine Deluxe as follows:

October 21              New York, NY                IFC CENTER

November 4             Los Angeles, CA   Laemmle Theaters

November 4             Seattle, WA           Landmark Varsity

November 4             Larkspur, CA                  Lark Thetater

November 11           San Francisco, CA The Roxie

November 11           Baltimore, MD                Charles Theater

November 11           Maitlin, FL            Enzian Theatre

November 11           Washington DC     Landmark E Street Cinema

November 16           Boston, MA          Brattle Theatre

Novmeber 18           Boston, MA          Coolidge Corner Theater

November 18           West Newton, MA West Newton, MA

November 18           Philadelphia, PA    International House of Film

November 18           Atlanta, GA          Landmark Midtown Art

November 18           Minneapolis, MN   Landmark Lagoon or Edina

November 18           Santa Fe, NM                  CCA Santa Fe

November 25           Tucson, AZ           The Loft Cinema

November 25           Portland, OR                   Living Room Theaters

November 25           Coral Gables, FL    Living Room Theaters

November 25           Hartford, CT                   Real Art Ways

November 25           Ann Arbor, MI                Michigan Theater

November 25           Hudson, NY          Time and Space Limited

December 2             St. Louis, MO                 Landmark Tivoli or Plaza Frontenac

December 27           Houston, TX                   MFA Houston

More dates and cities will be added shortly.

Winner of numerous film festival awards including a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, BEING ELMO is directed by Constance Marks and produced by Constance Marks, Corinne LaPook and James Miller.  The film is co-directed by Philip Shane and written and edited by Philip Shane and Justin Weinstein with music composed by Joel Goodman. James Miller is the film’s cinematographer.

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