Won't You Be My Neighbor?

2018 | USA | PG-13 | 94 min.


State Theatre Thu, Aug 2, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:94 min.
Premiere Status:Northern Michigan Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Morgan Neville
Produced by:Caryn Capotosto
Nicholas Ma
Cinematography:Graham Willoughby
Editing By:Jeff Maimberg
Aaron Wickenden


A man. A legacy. A cardigan. Who else could it be, but Mr. Rogers? In an era where young people are increasingly standing up and speaking out, it feels timely to revisit such a beloved television personality who placed so much trust in his young viewers, never shying away from difficult topics, acknowledging their fears and feelings, and offering simple kindness in return. “I like you just the way you are.” Who doesn’t want to hear that? Funny how that can sound so radical now. Morgan Neville’s (Best of Enemies, TCFF 2015) enchanting portrait is more of a hug than a film—it’s also more of a plea for understanding and respect than mere nostalgic trip down memory lane. So let’s all try and remember to be a little more like Mr. Rogers: kind, gentle, in touch with our emotions, and accepting.