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I AM BIG BIRD – 1PM
October 17, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm$10
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm,
Uptown Theatre, Screen 1
Directed by Chad N. Walker, Co-Directed and written by Dave LaMattina
USA / 2014 / Documentary / Rated PG / 90 min.
For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson, as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.
“#1. Must-List: “A loving documentary about a puppeteer who’s brightened the lives of countless children weaned on Sesame Street.” – Entertainment Weekly Must List
“A behind-the-feathers look at the soul of Sesame Street.” – Eliza Berman, TIME
“A facscinating and life-affirming story” – Bruce DeMara, TORONTO STAR
“An involving and affectionate study of Caroll Spinney, whose Sesame Street bird we’ve all been following for almost half a century.” – Alan Scherstuhl, THE VILLAGE VOICE
WON – Audience Award – Honorable Mention, Philadelphia Film Festival, 2014
WON – 3rd Place, Golden Space Needle Award, Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival
NOMINATED – Audience Award, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2014
NOMINATED – People’s Choice Award, Melbourne International Film Festival, 2014
NOMINATED – Best Documentary, Cleveland International Film Festival, 2015