Last Friday I had the opportunity to catch a new independent film called “Being Elmo” with my son. We’re very fortunate to have a nearby indie/art house theater called Pelham Picture House. I was introduced to the theater a few months ago when a friend of mine was visiting from Florida and we went there to see “The Black Power Mixtape.” I love that it’s a small and friendly theater focused on providing a smart alternative to multiplex theaters. Friday’s experience made me an official fan and supporter of the venue.
“Being Elmo” is the story of puppeteer Kevin Clash. The film takes you from his humble beginnings in Baltimore to his travels around the globe as Sesame Street’s biggest character: Elmo. I won’t give any of the film away as it is something best experienced as it happens. You will be entranced by this man’s work. From the age of 10 he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. Watching basically the entire journey unfold on film is incredible.
It is a must-see film for WGK readers. It’s inspiring for children and engaging for parents. My son had no idea what he was going to see but he was clapping when the credits began to roll. As a matter of fact, we are going to see it a second time with the neighbors daughter! The first showing we attended was hosted by the film’s producer Corinne Lapook. It was my son’s first Q&A session and I’m hoping that it changed his view of what theater can be. I will be taking him to as many films as I can in this venue. I really want him to learn to appreciate the film industry outside of the force fed multiplex world.
Discover more about this film at www.BeingElmo.com. If it’s playing at a theater near you, go see it. You won’t be disappointed.