Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I AM BIG BIRD, Documentary About Sesame Street Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Needs Your Help

Last year we were fortunate enough to stumble upon one of the best documentary films of the last decade. We were lucky enough to discover Being Elmo, the documentary film about Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash, at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This time, we were lucky enough to stumble upon a similar film much earlier in the production process.

I am Big Bird is currently in production and tells the story of legendary puppeteer and Jim Henson collaborator, Caroll Spinney. Spinney has portrayed BOTH Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch on Sesame Street since the show began in 1969. He still does. Now Copper Pot Pictures is asking for your financial support in helping them bring the movie to audiences, by donating to the films Kickstarter campaign.

Below you will find the full press release and the short trailer for I Am Big Bird. Be warned if you are a die hard Sesame Street, Muppet or Jim  Henson fan you will want to break out the tissues, because even this short trailer will bring out the tears.

I AM BIG BIRD is a feature-length documentary about Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969… and at 78 years old, he has no intention of stopping.
Think you know everything there is to know about Sesame Street? You don’t. You might know that Frank Oz turned down an offer to play Big Bird, but you probably don’t know that until a last minute change of heart by NASA, Big Bird was supposed to go to space aboard the Challenger. Or you may know that Oscar the Grouch got his voice from a cantankerous cabbie, but you’d be surprised to learn that a fire in his trash can almost led to Caroll’s untimely demise.
Caroll’s stories are the stuff of legend. He has been a constant presence in our lives for over 40 years, his path weaving through American history like that of Forrest Gump. His time inside the Bird has taught him about the world and about himself. I AM BIG BIRD will peel away the instances in his life that inspired his creation of characters that have influenced generations of children. And, as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the Muppet, who will steal your heart.

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