Reelblack, Philly's #1 promoter of African-American Film feels it is important to support quality African-American film In theaters during its first weekend of release. This Saturday we're planning a First weekend Field Trip in Support of Constance Mark's award-winning documentary, BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER'S JOURNEY. Afterward, we'll meet at Cosi across the street for coffee, conversation and giveaways. Event is Dutch Treat, meaning everyone is responsible for purchasing thier own movie ticket and food.
Every day, millions tune in to "Sesame Street" to see one of the world's most adored and recognizable characters—a furry red monster named Elmo. Yet the man behind the icon is able to walk down the street without being recognized. Meet Kevin Clash. Growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin had very different aspirations from his classmates—he wanted to be a puppeteer. He started making his own puppets at an early age from household materials (including the lining of his dad's coat) and putting on shows for the neighborhood children. With the support of an understanding family and his own blazing talent and desire, Kevin made his dreams of joining the Muppets come true, landing a spot on "Sesame Street" and getting to work with his idol, Jim Henson. Combining amazing archival and contemporary footage, Being Elmo 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 captivating documentary is a feel-good delight. Official Web Site (http://www.beingelmo.com/)