Focus Features has released an official trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary about Fred Rogers, better known to millions as Mister Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
The doc comes from Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom, Johnny Cash’s America), and aims to introduce people to Rogers himself, beyond the popular TV show.
You can read much more about Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and watch the trailer below.
For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.
Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.
In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.
Recently we also found out that Tom Hanks was set to play Mister Rogers in an upcoming movie titled You Are My Friend.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? will be released in limited theaters beginning on June 8th.
Watch the official trailer for Morgan Neville’s new movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
From Academy Award® -winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. 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.