Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, February 03, 2012 – Sunday, February 05, 2012

(USA/2011—directed by Constance Marks)

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Still, few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who from childhood dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying remarkable creativity and talent at a very young age, Kevin – through perseverance and boundless enthusiasm – ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. This enchanting new documentary for all ages tells the parallel stories of Kevin and Elmo, and how they evolved together to create one of the most beloved superstars in the history of children’s entertainment. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo includes rare archival footage and interviews with Frank Oz, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney, Rosie O’Donnell and many others, together with a priceless behind-the-scenes look at the Jim Henson Workshop. Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival. This film is not recommended for children under six. Children six and over receive the student ticket discount price. (78 min.)

“Grade A! A marvelous movie about Kevin Clash, who became the voice and operator of the tomato-red fur ball who is without a doubt the most beloved Muppet of his time.” –Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“Critics’ Pick! A winning tale of the persistence and creativity behind one of the most famous and fuzziest faces in the world.” –Neil Grenzlinger, The New York Times

“Remarkable and heartwarming.” –Leonard Maltin, The Huffington Post

“An inspiring and joyous celebration of art, skill, determination and making kids happy.” –Kyle Smith, New York Post  


February 3 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

February 4 at 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

February 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.