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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Details


Most American parents are very much aware of Elmo, the child-like fuzzy red [[Performer~P51368~Muppet~muppets]] on [[Feature~V175332~Sesame Street~sesamestreet[tvseries]]] who has become a favorite among the show's youthful audience. But far fewer people know the name [[Performer~P13511~Kevin Clash~kevinclash]], the puppeteer who brings Elmo to life, and filmmaker [[Performer~P222251~Constance Marks~constancemarks]] introduces viewers to the man behind the [[Performer~P51368~Muppet~muppets]] in this documentary. [[Performer~P13511~Clash~kevinclash]], a big and burly-looking man with a large reserve of shyness, was born and raised in Baltimore and was something of a loner in his youth, but found a way to express himself when he discovered puppetry. In his teens, [[Performer~P13511~Clash~kevinclash]] began building his own puppets (once destroying one of his father's coats to use as material for his latest project), and showed a remarkable talent for the art. [[Performer~P13511~Clash~kevinclash]] worked on a variety of television shows and movies before being hired to work on [[Feature~V175332~Sesame Street~sesamestreet[tvseries]]], where he formulated his most famous character. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey offers a backstage look at [[Performer~P13511~Clash~kevinclash]]'s life and times, a look into his working methods, and insight into how he informs Elmo's personality and uses the character to send a positive message to the world. Being Elmo received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 21, 2011