Being Elmo


Director: Constance Marks. Co-Director: Philip Shane. Producers: Constance Marks, James J. Miller and Corinne Lapook. Writers: Philip Shane and Justin Weinstein. Editors: Philip Shane and Justin Weinstein. Narrator: Whoopi Goldberg.


Awards and Festivals

Sundance Film Festival (Winner, Special Jury Prize Documentary), Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (Top 10 Audience Favorite), Traverse Film Festival (Winner, Audience Award Best Documentary), Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, SXSW Film


Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.


“Production values are top-notch, particularly the cinematography by James Miller and Joel Goodman’s energetic, fanciful score. Being Elmo is a rare documentary that will connect across generations and cultures to delight viewers worldwide for years to come.”

“CRITICS’ PICK! A winning tale of the persistence and creativity behind one of the most famous and fuzziest faces in the world.”
– Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A classic American tale… A generous, heartwarming story. For any adult feeling overwhelmed by bad news and dark times, your antidote is right here.”
– Elizabeth Weitzman, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“Being Elmo is a rare documentary that will delight viewers of all ages and cultures world wide for years to come. Being Elmo is one of the most sincere portraits of a creative genius who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.”
– Jason Elsbury, SOUND ON SIGHT

“Of all the fur-swathed celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival this year, none holds a candle to Elmo… The squeaky-voiced muppet moved fans to tears Sunday at the world premiere.”
– Julie Makinen, LOS ANGELES TIMES

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