Being Elmo at IFF Boston

I got a chance the other night to see the documentary BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey. The documentary is about the story of puppeteer Kevin Clash(puppeteer of Elmo) It is a fantastic story about Kevin following his dream and the drive he had to get it. Fantastic movie and a must see for everyone.

I would like to give some fun details about the film that will entice all the puppet people. Of course there is lots of Elmo, but there are some amazing muppet stuff rarely seen as well.


There is a fantastic clip from the show Big Blue Marble. Where Kermit Love invites Kevin Clash(age 17) into his puppet studio and shows him all of the fantastic puppets he is making and educates Kevin on how to make his puppets better as well.

There are also several behind the scene shots of Sesame Street.

You also get to see the inside of Sesame Street Muppet Workshop. So, fun to watch. Drawers of eyes, half done puppets, and plenty of puppet eye candy everywhere.

So, after the showing at the Independant Film Festival in Boston. They had a Q & A with the Director Constance A. Marks, Director of Photography James J. Miller, Muppeteer Kevin Clash, and Elmo. Posted some fantastic footage of the Q&A session. Be sure to watch for the Barry White impression by Elmo. By the way you can see me very clearly in my green shirt at 3:20 in the clip below. The second clip has Kevin talking about both the Dinosaurs TV show and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

After the Q & A I got a chance to meet Kevin and talk for a minute. He was happy to see that some of the local puppet community had come out to support the film. If this film comes to a theater near you. Please check it out. You will NOT be dissapointed.

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2 Comments to “Being Elmo at IFF Boston”

  1. Trishymouse 30 April 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Sounds AMAZING! Thanks for the heads up. :)

  2. Robbo 1 November 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I had the opportunity to see “Being Elmo” when Kebin invited me to the screening at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto and it was amazing. Kevin was there for the Q&A after the show and it was great to see him again and to meet Constance and James. They’ve really captured his dedication to the craft and how extraordinary he is as a person. Thanks for posting this.

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