Thursday, July 05, 2007
Mister Rogers & Me Trailer Premiere
Though Christofer and I began accruing footage in Nantucket in 2004, production on "Mister Rogers & Me" didn't begin in earnest until almost a year ago.
In fact, it was Sunday, June 25, 2006 when we drove to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to interview author Amy Hollingsworth, and then to Chapel Hill, South Carolina, to interview Human Kindness Foundation founder Bo Lozoff.
Just over one year later, we have this trailer to show for our efforts.
We've covered a fair amount of turf in between, including two trips to Washington, D.C. (Tim Russert, Susan Stamberg, and the Smithsonian), and three interviews here in New York (Marc Brown, Tim Madigan, and Linda Ellerbee).
We've also encountered our fair share of obstacles. Both Bill Moyers and Garrison Keillor declined our interview requests.
Still, it's been a terrific process, and easily the most meaningful project of my life. It's provided me with all sorts of insights and epiphanies, and afforded me the opportunity to meet some really inspiration people. Oh, and through the making of this film, I met the gentleman who will be marrying Abbi and me.
So, it's back to the production. We hope to shoot interviews with Katie Couric, Yo Yo Ma, and Found Magazine's Davy Rothbart, and to visit Dave Eggers' 826 organization. With any luck (and it will take a fair dose of luck), Chris and I will wrap it up in time for Mister Rogers' 80th birthday next year.