The film itself explores the persona of "Mr. Rogers" as well as his fascinating real life, with a charming but honest tone that recalls Mr Rogers' Neighborhood.
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. This summer, Rogers will be the subject of Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Rogers's birthday, Focus Features debuted the first trailer for the new documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a staple on public television for 31 seasons, from 1968 to 2001. Clemmons would be the first African American in a recurring role on a children's television program.
"To me when I really tried to distill what Fred was talking about to one thing, I came up with the phrase radical kindness", Neville told Deadline in January.
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In the trailer, which includes behind-the-scenes footage as the Mister Rogers crew prepares the show's set (hanging sweaters in a closet, placing Trolly on its tracks), Fred Rogers sums up the guiding principle and the key to that unlikely success. "Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children's television host, in reality, Fred Rogers' career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society".
The trailer caused a sensation on social media.
In the following clip from the movie, Rogers shares his belief that "love is at the root of everything".
The documentary, which will hit theaters on June 8, will likely be praised for its message of hope and caring amid the unrelenting negativity and divisiveness coming from Washington.