'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Trailer Celebrates Fred Rogers' Life

  • 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Trailer Celebrates Fred Rogers' Life

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Trailer Celebrates Fred Rogers' Life

So it's a flawless day for the release of the trailer for a new Focus Features documentary called Won't You Be My Neighbor? Rogers died from stomach cancer in 2003, but the impact he made on television is still being felt and is celebrated in Won't You Be My Neighbor?

It's a lovely day in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. "Low production values, simple set, an unlikely star-yet it worked".

"He was saying something really important", says producer Margy Whitmer about Fred Rogers, the series' low-key, soft-spoken host.

The film "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", from director Morgan Neville, takes a look back at the legendary career of children's television icon Fred Rogers through interviews with his wife and production team.

"My being on the program was a statement for Fred, " said actor Francois Clemmons, an African-American who played the character Officer Clemmons on the show.

While radical may or may not be a word we've used to describe Fred Rogers and his Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in the past, this documentary certainly seems to prove the legacy he's left behind. "I think Mister Rogers is proof that they can". Today would've been Rogers' 90th birthday.

In the following clip from the movie, Rogers shares his belief that "love is at the root of everything".

The documentary, which will hit theaters on June 8, will likely be praised for its message of hope and caring amid the unrelenting negativity and divisiveness coming from Washington. "And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become".