Indie Film Nation – Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey



At this year at the Sundance Film Festival, in addition to scheduling and shooting interviews, we managed to see a number of films and catch some parties, including the “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, premiere featuring The Roots.

While wrapping our up for our interview with the director of “Superheroes” at the Slamdance Film Festival, we learned that the publicist’s agency for “Superheroes” also represented a few films that were screening at the Sundance Film Festival. One of those films was “Being Elmo“. After a few phone calls, we had our interview set up with director, Constance Marks. The film had been receiving a lot of good buzz around Park City and we looked forward to sitting down with Ms. Marks. When we confirmed the interview, we they told us that Kevin Clash would also be available.

When we got to the interview, we learned that Kevin was on a tight schedule and that we could talk to him first and then Constance. While we were setting up, everyone in the room was checking their emails and voice mails. Kevin Clash was listening to his messages and started cracking up. It was a message from his daughter who warned that if he wasn’t really busy working that he was in trouble.

True to his nature, Kevin offer sit down and do the interview before calling his daughter back. But, we all insisted that he return the call and we could do the interview with Constance first.

At the end of the interviews we asked them to do the stand-up for our show opening. To our surprise, Kevin reached into a bag and brought out his alter ego, the little red monster, Elmo.

Interview with Constance Marks (Director) and Kevin Clash (Elmo) of Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (USA) feature documentary during the film’s world premiere in US Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2011.

shot on Panasonic HVX-200A

Exec Producer: Mike Smith
Producer/Camera: Bruce Himmelblau
Host: Sue Lawson

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