Mister Rogers & Me: A Deep & Simple Documentary Film

I haven’t seen this documentary, but I like the trailer because the folks featured in it are some of my favorites: Tim Russert, Susan Stamberg, Linda Ellerbee. Follow the link to the trailer and watch for this documentary to show up in your own neighborhood.

Benjamin Wagner first met “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” creator and star, Fred Rogers, at Rogers’ summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage next door, so Mister Rogers really was his neighbor.

On the afternoon of their first meeting, “America’s Favorite Neighbor” asked the young journalist about his job as an MTV News producer. Wagner felt exposed and embarrassed, a PBS mind in a jump-cut, sound-bit MTV world.

Mister Rogers said warmly, “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.”

Later, Rogers told Wagner, ‘Spread the message, Benjamin.”  Mister Rogers & Me: A Deep & Simple Documentary Film.

Is it too obvious to note the play on words related to “Roger & Me,” the bitter and sarcastic Roger Moore film about Roger Smith and GM? This is obviously a very different kind of film–perhaps and antidote to the wise-acre approach we encounter in “Roger & Me,” and so much of life today.

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