Program Feature: Being Elmo Inspires!

Every day, millions tune in to Sesame Street to see one of the world’s most adored and recognizable characters — a furry red three-and-a-half year-old monster named Elmo. Beloved by children of all ages, Elmo is an international icon, but few know about his creator Kevin Clash, whose childhood dream was to be a puppeteer and work with his idol, Jim Henson.

On June 6 at 8pm, WGBY will air Independent Lens’ Being Elmo, revealing the man behind the icon.  Watching Kevin Clash become Elmo is a moving, enlightening experience, especially so for educators who need to inspire themselves and  students to value creativity and do satisfying work.

You’ll see amazing archival footage and present-day material as filmmaker Constance Marks explores Kevin’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process.  Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and including interviews with those who have known Kevin, this insightful and personal documentary offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson legacy.  Check out the trailer for the film below:

At Sesame Street’s website you’ll find many links, including those to games such as Elmo Goes to the Doctor and Elmo’s Word Book as well as many others with beloved Sesame characters.   Sesame’s site for Educators and Parents also offers activities, including supportive tips to promote a fun and engaging learning environment at home.

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