The 2008 bestselling book Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis is being made into a new documentary film! This week I’m joined by Executive Producer Trevor Crafts and Director Marilyn Agrelo to talk about what Muppet fans should expect, how the film will expand upon what’s in the book, and how Muppet fans can get involved.
About the Film
Street Gang will be directed by Marilyn Agrelo, director of the festival award-winning Mad Hot Ballroom. Agrelo will have access to Sesame Street archives through Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, and The Jim Henson Company. Using new animated sequences, new character and cast interviews, and exclusive archival materials, Street Gang will tell the origin story of the show and how creator Joan Ganz Cooney, director Jon Stone, and visionary Jim Henson came out of the ideals and the societal unrest of the sixties to make something that changed history.
One of the film’s Indiegogo campaign (http://bit.ly/2eh6bR0) goals, in addition to creating new animation and new music, is to raise funds to rebuild the Season One Sesame Street set, taking the audience back in time. Additionally, the filmmakers will donate 15% of the net proceeds of the crowd funding campaign to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational media organization behind Sesame Street, through its Yellow Feather Fund™ which helps the world’s most vulnerable children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.
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