From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM), WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
Fred Rogers‘ innovative usage of puppets and play explored complex social issues: race, disability, equality and tragedy, helping form the American concept of childhood. He spoke directly to children and they responded enthusiastically. Yet today, his impact is unclear. Have we lived up to Fred’s ideal of good neighbors?
“In these troubled times, it’s a good feeling to see a funny, touching and vital doc that is both timely and timeless.” (Rolling Stone)
“You don’t need to be a fan of the show or even have watched it. WQN’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? will perfectly captivate and engage viewers, no matter their knowledge on the subject. This is the must-see documentary of the year.” (Film Inquiry)
“As Oscar-winner Morgan Neville’s timely, tear-duct lubricating documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” makes clear, the easily parodied, often underestimated icon of children’s television was a total badass.” (Salon.com)
Saturday, September 15 *Final screening!!
Doors 12:45 pm | Movie 1:15 pm
Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door
*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (Morgan Neville, 2018 / 93 mins / PG) Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children’s TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”