The movie was directed by Oscar-award winning director Morgan Neville, who is also known for 20 Feet From Stardom and Best of Enemies.
Every. single. person. sat through the credits of #WontYouBeMyNeighbor and for minutes afterward, not wanting to break the spell.— milleniold (@bajammies) June 9, 2018
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? follows Mr. Rogers’s career in public television as a figurehead for kindness, compassion, and understanding.
Not only did he fearlessly help children to deal with difficult issues, like divorce, death, and anger, but he was also a civil rights advocate. Most notably, he used his position on public television to help François Clemmons become the first African-American man to have a recurring role on a children’s television series.
If you need a reminder of all that is good in the world, RUN and go see the new Mr. Rogers documentary, #WontYouBeMyNeighbor. Bring tissues.— Ayla Schermer (@AylaSchermer) June 9, 2018
Fred Rogers was a once-in-a-forever human, and we all need a refresher on everything he taught and stood for. Go. Now.#PittsburghsFinest
In a CBS series that asks celebrities to write letters to their younger selves, Clemmons made a point to include an homage to Rogers in his letter.
#WontYouBeMyNeighbor is a beautiful reminder of what genuine love for one another looks like and gives the viewer hope as to what we, as people, can be if we simply love one another. A timely documentary for arguably one of the greatest people to have ever walked this Earth. ??— Brad Heyen (@heyenikin) June 14, 2018
“You must get to Pittsburgh,” he writes. “Because something is going to happen to you that you’ve been longing for all your life. And when you meet this man, something about him is going to draw you in a way that nobody else ever drew you and pulled you. And he’s going to love your singing. He’s going to encourage you.
“He’ll change your name and call you Officer Clemmons and anoint you in your role as a ‘helper’ on his television program, ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.’”
#WontYouBeMyNeighbor had a smile on my face for 90 minutes straight, even when it had my crying profusely. I miss you and I thank you, Mister Rogers. You made the world a better place. #MisterRogers pic.twitter.com/0wjUzK90sh— Formerly sheepish. (@iamnotmysheep) June 10, 2018
“Growing up,” he continues, “you have a slightly different view of what police officers represent in your community, but your heart will open when Fred explains the positive influence that you can have for young children.”
What is it about Mr Rogers that make me feel like I want to make him proud? Poud of the person I've become and the things I do, even now?#WontYouBeMyNeighbor— mamadaisychain (@mamadaisychain) June 13, 2018
So if you’re all ready to buy your movie ticket, you can check out showtimes, release dates, and participating movie theaters on the Focus Feature website.
#WontYouBeMyNeighbor could have been 4 hours long and I would still have wanted more. Wonderful. The idea that "being special" means being worthy of love w/o having done anything "stupendous" is one I've unknowingly been struggling with for some time. Thank you, Mister Rogers.— Jon Pernisek (@jonpernisek) June 11, 2018
(WATCH the trailer below)
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