Focus Features released the official trailer for the upcoming documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
The documentary is a celebration of the life and career of Fred Rogers. The lovable, cardigan-sporting staple of children’s television was best known simply as Mister Rogers. The company describes it as:
“A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.”
The trailer was released today, on what would have been Rogers’ 90th birthday. He passed away on February 27, 2003, two years after his long-running PBS show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was cancelled. He left behind a legacy of kindness and compassion.
The film includes archival footage, as well as new interviews with some of his many guests over the years, including Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, and François Scarborough Clemmons.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is directed by Academy Award winning documentarian Morgan Neville. He won his Oscar for the film “20 Feet From Stardom,” which put backup singers in the spotlight. Some of his other works include documentaries about Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson, Sidney Poitier, and Keith Richards. He is currently working on a project for Netflix called “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” which looks at the unfinished Orson Welles film “The Other Side of the Wind.”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. There, it earned loud praise from festival-goers. It went on to Portland, Boulder, and SXSW, collecting fans along the way.
The film is distributed by Focus Features, and will be released in select theaters on June 8.