An homage to Mister Rogers

By Dayna Harpster - February 6, 2019

He gave us the most precious gift of all: the courage to be kind.

For more than 30  years, American children grew up watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS.

Mr. Rogers offered a calm and stable presence, tackling life’s weightiest issues in a simple, direct way. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” airing Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. on WGCU HD, reflects on Fred Rogers’ legacy of kindness, and the profound and lasting effect his innovative approach to television had on millions of children.

One of the year’s most acclaimed films, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” expertly weaves in precious archival clips, rare personal footage, and interviews with friends, family, and Fred Rogers himself, to paint an intimate portrait of a man beloved by millions, whose example of empathy, love, and patience is as necessary as ever.

Filmmaker Morgan Neville is an Academy Award-winning director, known for his work on documentaries and commercials. His acclaimed film “20 Feet from Stardom” won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary as well as a Grammy Award for Best Music Film. His 2015 documentary, “Best of Enemies,” on the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, won an Emmy Award and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Neville has been nominated for four additional Grammys for his films: “Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story,” “Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied” and
“Johnny Cash’s America” and last year’s “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.”

Neville’s non-music films include “The Cool School” and “Beauty Is Embarrassing.”

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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