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Director: Morgan Neville | Producers: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma | Editors: Jeff Malberg, Aaron Wickenden | Composer: John Kirkskey | Cinematographer: Graham Willoughby | USA / 2018 / 94 min
About the Film
Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom, NFF 2013) returns to the Festival with this moving portrait of one of Nantucket's own: Fred Rogers, better known to the world as Mister Rogers. The ordained Presbyterian minister influenced generations of children via his essential public television program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Stressing unconditional love and acceptance while speaking honestly with children, the pioneering host and his cast of lovable neighbors and handmade puppets gently tackled such heavy topics as racism, disability, and homophobia. Neville perfectly captures Rogers’ authenticity and his belief in the power of kindness in an emotional portrait that will make viewers nostalgic for the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
Morgan Neville will be recognized for Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling at NFF's Screenwriters Tribute on Saturday, June 23.
About the Filmmaker
Morgan Neville is an Academy Award-winning, Grammy-winning, and Emmy-winning filmmaker who concentrates on stories about culture. His films include 20 Feet from Stardom, Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal, The Music of Strangers, Keith Richards: Under the Influence, and The Cool School. He also executive produced the TV series Chelsea Does and Abstract: The Art of Design.