Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Trailer Arrives For Mr. Rogers Documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Trailer Arrives For Mr. Rogers Documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?

On what would have been Fred Rogers 90th birthday the trailer for an upcoming documentary, WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? Won't You Be My Neighbor? was directed by Morgan Neville, and it offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Rogers' five decades in public broadcasting with interviews, archival footage, and even clips of Rogers himself as he explains his philosophy and why he choose the medium of television to spread his message. America's favorite neighbor tragically passed away from stomach cancer in 2003, but reruns of his show air frequently.

"He was saying something really important", says producer Margy Whitmer about Fred Rogers, the series' low-key, soft-spoken host.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor? is easily one of the most touching, tearful documentaries I've ever seen. Low production values, simple set, an unlikely star", she mused, "yet it worked!". It will also likely make you weep at the sheer, unadulterated kindness Rogers had for the world, so just be prepared to bring some tissue with you to the theater.

Considering all that love Fred Rogers still has, it's been frustrating that original episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood have been fairly hard to come by in recent years.

Rogers was an ordained minister who didn't plan on a career in television before deciding that kids needed more uplifting programming.

"Love", Rogers says, "is at the root of everything - all learning, all parenting, all relationships, love".

The documentary is slated to be released on June 8 by Focus Features.

"The Fred Rogers I discovered making this film is at once comfortably familiar and completely surprising".

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