Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Official: "Mister Rogers & Me" Is An Actual Movie!

Hope the headline didn't throw you.

No, we haven't heard back from the Sundance Film Festival. And remember, the odds are 1 in 25 (or some 4%) that our documentary will be accepted. (Less likely still, I think, given the festival's slogan this year: "The New Rebels.)"

Still, we're one step closer to being a legitimate movie: "Mister Rogers & Me" has an IMDB page!

And check it out; it's got a summary!

An MTV producer's life is transformed when he meets the recently retired host of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' Fred Rogers. Friendship with the PBS icon sets the young producer on a hero's quest to find depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex world through conversations with Susan Stamberg (NPR), Tim Russert ('Meet The Press'), Marc Brown ('Arthur') and more.

I mean, yes, of course I wrote it, but still. I'm excited.

Because today we may just be a few words and text links, but someday soon, there's gonna' be a poster, and some clips, and eventually even some premiere pics...

Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Thank You "Mister Rogers & Me" Supporters

A little over three months ago, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource "Mister Rogers & Me" finishing funds.

One month ago, we submitted a rough edit of our 79-minute documentary to the Sundance Film Festival.

Two days ago, Mister Rogers' Tribute To Children statue was unveiled in Pittsburgh to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

And yesterday afternoon, Pittsbugh's WQED christening studio A -- home of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" throughout its original run (1969-2001) -- as the new Fred Rogers Studio, then threw its doors wide for special tours of the Neighborhood set.

Thanks to the following neighbors for supporting our film, and helping keep MIster Rogers "deep and simple" legacy alive.

Kecia Barnhill
Tricia Martin
Jon Hurwitz
Linda Shortman
Robert Perreault
Aimee Schulman
Bryan Thomas
Tim Spence
Matt Keeley
Karen Rando
Justin Tormey
Anne Ferola
Mike Levine
Torrie LM
Steven Cherry
Elizabeth Harper
Jennifer Macellaro
Mike & Beth Petricoin
D. Scott Miller
Erica Laden
Ronald Lieber
Brian Ives
Sara Butterworth
Alex Brough
Holly Yarbrough
Brian Hart
Blaine Bell
Joe Andosca
LauraBelle Brown
Casey & Langhorne Shea
Kristine Qualls
Lucy Cogswell
Heather Stansfield
Greg Kaplan
Carissa Potenza
Greg & Reva Merchant
Brian Turner
Josh Renaud
Kris Jensen-Van Heste
Nichole Miller
Katia Maguire
Phoebe & Charles Basso
Helen Kralich
Joe Voss
Peggy Kauh
Nicole Zelinski
Ted and Kathy Curtin
Chris & Megan Abad
Ken M. Wilson
Michael Horgan
Lisa Yao
Sue Gefroh
Leah Browning
Christie Strong
Sarah A.
Robin Turner Oswald
Sebhat Browne
Kay Marcel
Kirin Kalia
June O'Toole
Bill Attinger
Vickie Perkins
Sarah Armstrong
Michael Lake
Daniela Muhling
Ann Kwolek O'Neill
Brian Paris
Kyle Bavender
Ryan Kroft
Mike Pence
Mikel Derby
Robert Johnsen
Theo Syslack
James Izurieta
Franya Barnett
Pete Clark
David Beach
Elyse Rubin
Gene Mahon
Allison O'Keefe
Maegan Gudridge
Glenn Platt
Lesley Neadel
Tara Taylor
Andrea Olson
Lisa Giangreco
Megan Nebel
Jarrod Bates
Loell Revell Shepardson
Jennifer Roberts
Rachel Fox
Curtis Raye
Sarah Ezolt
Jacob Byard
Russ Johnson
Joe Hale
Catherine Lajoie
Lauren Melton
Mary Strolle
Susan Deichsel
Gary L. Springer
Mary Ellen Fahey Upton
Robert Watson
Maureen McCarley
Romey Craig Fluck
Sandy Mayers-Green
Sue Wen
Carrie Mercer
Eric Thompson
Liz Hillger
Matthew Lloyd Buck
Rachel Eash-Scott
Elisabeth English
Virginia Virkus
Meyer Malka
Amy Hollingsworth
Amy Sanders
Wendy Boyd
Kristen O'Connell
Tom Loftus
Sarah Revitte
Samantha Rader
Robb Boland
Amber Derek
Regina Gelfovision
Paul Stelter
Paula J. Kelly
Pembry & Pedro
Kimberly Cain
Michael Highland
David Mazzucchelli
Sara Steetle
Heidi Dittmar
Mar Ricketts
Andrew Crowley
Annette Laing
Gordon McAlpin
Dianna Garland
James Elmore
Peter Couvares
Stephanie Coronesi
Dennis Kulm
Sarah Ferguson
Jennifer & Eric Rohr
Neera Garg
Jesse Nicely
Kim Balkcum
Brian Linder
Ralph Aversa
Amanda Walker
Melissa & Derrick Russell
Otis Cornelius
Stephanie Simmons
Joel Schroeder
Communist Prime
Mary Warren
Leonard Lin
Ramla Gabriel
Mark Genszler
Sara White
Melissa Ecker
Gail & Richard Keller
Lauren Scott
Meredith Keller
Ricci Rukavina
Fred Benenson