Join our Cafe Cinematique International group as we watch important and provocative films followed by a moderated discussion. The best in international and independent films from all eras find their way to our coffee table. ** We will take a break for the summer – moderated discussions will resume in October.
I AM BIG BIRD
July 5, 2:00 pm
Directed by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker
Starring Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jim Henson
USA – NR – 87 mins
For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.
“The film evokes the unbridled joy that Big Bird brings into the lives of children everywhere with each episode of Sesame Street… it’s one of the best films of the year.” – Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
“It’s the beautiful, sometimes melancholic, and always heart tugging story of a man who wanted nothing more than to make people happy.” – Andrew Parker, Dorkshelf
“A fascinating look at the life of the man who has played the iconic Sesame Street character for 45 years and counting.” - Bruce DeMara, The Toronto Star