‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey’ Trailer

One of the biggest crowd-pleasers out of this year’s festival circuit was Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey, which premiered at Sundance back in January. By all accounts, the film is irresistibly charming, a treat to watch; our own Peter Sciretta considers it one of his top films of 2011.

Constance Marks’ documentary chronicles the story of Kevin Clash, the man who makes Elmo ‘Elmo,’ from his days as an ambitious working-class kid in Baltimore to his current career as the artist behind one of the most popular puppets of all time. Woven throughout Clash’s narrative is a related, equally fascinating thread — the rise of master puppeteer Jim Henson and his Muppets.

Now the first trailer has dropped for the film, which will finally start making it to theaters next month. Watch it after the jump.

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Coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of the stories people seemed most eager to tell was how they cried their little hearts out after seeing Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. The documentary, directed by Constance Marks, is about Kevin Clash, the man behind the famous Sesame Street character Elmo. It simultaneously tells the tale of how he was able to turn his unique dream – to be a puppeteer – into reality while also chronicling the rise of Jim Henson and the Muppets. It was Peter’s favorite film at Sundance this year and now it’s finally being released.

Being Elmo will open in New York on October 21 and then begin expanding on November 4. After the jump, see what date it’s coming to your city and watch a video blog reaction to the film. Read More »

The Independent Film Festival of Boston kicked off its ninth annual year last night, and the results were spectacular. The opening night film was Constance Marks’ Sundance Jury Prize winner, Being Elmo, and the crowd loved it (see my video review of the film with Peter Sciretta from Sundance this year). But the real treat was the Q&A afterwards. Marks and Kevin Clash, the subject of the film and the puppeteer behind Elmo, took to the stage to answer audience questions for nearly an hour (oftentimes in character, as Elmo). It’s safe to say it was the longest post-film Q&A I’ve ever witnessed at a festival. It’s also safe to say it was the most awesome.

Hit the jump for a few images from the evening, as well as my video interview with the makers of the film.
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