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I Am Big Bird

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Area Theatrical Premiere May 15–18

Subject Caroll Spinney, Debra Spinney and Filmmakers Dave LaMattine and Chad N. Walker in Person Opening Night!

(2014) dir Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker w/Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jim Henson [90 min; DCP]
This heartwarming doc chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street‘s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. For over 4 decades, Caroll’s characters have been cherished by generations of children. At 81 years old, the tenacious and enthusiastic performer has no intention of slowing down. I AM BIG BIRD features incredible footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces Caroll’s journey from bullied child to celebrated performer. This loving portrait peels away the instances that inspired his creation of Big Bird and as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

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“The triumphant tearjerker of this year’s Hot Docs film festival… speaks to the heart of a viewer and brings out the softie in everyone.” – POV Magazine

“’I Am Big Bird’ is an invaluable piece of American pop culture history.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

“Your heart will melt.” – Twitch Film

“A must-see for any Muppet fan!” – MovieBuzzers


Official Selection:
HotDocs 2014
Los Angeles Film Festival 2014
AFI Docs 2014
Doc NYC 2014
Philadelphia Film Festival


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