One of the standouts from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was the documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street. The documentary from Marilyn Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom) dives into the origins of the beloved children’s program Sesame Street, a groudbreaking venture that dared to use television to educate children at a time when it was being used for nothing but mindless entertainment to keep them occupied. As you can see in the first trailer for the documentary, that was just the beginning of the genius that Sesame Street would bring to TV. Read More »
Documentaries like I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story and Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey have already dug into a couple slices of the magic that makes Sesame Street so beloved by children and adults alike. Now Marilyn Agrelo‘s new film Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (inspired by Michael Davis’ book of the same name) goes back to the origins of the groundbreaking series created by producer Joan Ganz Cooney and writer/director Jon Stone, and shines a light on the hurdles, milestones, and memorable moments that have turned Sesame Street into a worldwide sensation beloved by millions. Read More »
Sesame Street is about to re-enter the spotlight in a major way. Not only is there a new theme park supposedly on the way and a major motion picture starring Anne Hathaway and Chance the Rapper that’s slated to be released in 2022, but HBO has a new documentary about the making of the classic children’s series that will debut in 2021.
HBO Documentary Films’ Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street will take audiences “inside the minds and hearts of the Sesame Street creators, artists, writers and educators who together established one of the most influential and enduring children’s programs in television history.” Learn more about the upcoming documentary below. Read More »