Sewickley Academy presents ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 3:46 PM

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer, and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America.

In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.

Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

Sewickley Academy will be screening Won’t You Be My Neighbor on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, but you must register for the event. Open seating is on a first come, first served basis.

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Supported in part by the Albert and Bertha Sector Speaker Series Fund and the Geller Family Educational Speakers Fund.