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Mister Rogers & Me

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Mister Rogers & Me - America's Favorite Neighbor changed millions of lives. This is one man's story. Mister Rogers summered in a modest house on a quiet corner of Nantucket Island. MTV producer Benjamin Wagner's mother rented the cottage next door. Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. On the afternoon of their first meeting, "America's Favorite Neighbor" asked the young journalist about his job. Wagner--a PBS mind in a jump-cut, sound-bit MTV world– expressed enthusiasm tempered with an iota of ambivalence. Mister Rogers said warmly, "I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than complex." One year and many "deep and simple" conversations later, Rogers whispered, "Spread the message, Benjamin!" After Rogers' death in 2003, Wagner and his brother, Christofer, set out to learn more about the man himself and discover what he meant by "deep and simple." The brothers' travels led them to conversations with Meet the Press anchor (and Nantucket neighbor) Tim Russert; Arthur creator Marc Brown; NPR correspondent (and sometimes Neighborhood co-host) Susan Stamberg; Neighborhood puppeteer and Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood founder, Dr. Susan Linn; and many other neighbors and friends of Mister Rogers. The brothers come to know more than just the man and his luminous legacy. Their personal journey unearths the roots of Mister Rogers' values, unmasks the forces acting against depth and simplicity, and helps them to develop the means to lead deeper, simpler lives.

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Deep, Simple and Inspirational

The lasting legacy of "Mister" Fred Rogers is explored by filmmaker and real-life neighbor Benjamin Wagner in this inspirational documentary. During a life-changing conversation with Wagner, the legendary children's television host charged the successful MTV producer-turned-exec with spreading the message that "deep and simple is far more essential, than shallow and complex."

On a journey to explore the meaning of Rogers' words, Wagner and his brother Christofer visit a number of the late icon's philosophical "neighbors." Tim Russert, Susan Stamberg, Dr. Susan Linn, Linda Ellerbee and others offer meaningful insight.

Part tribute, part infotainment, and part personal narrative, Mister Rogers & Me enlightens and inspires. Those moved by it will be left contemplating the film's "deep and simple" wisdom and wondering how they, too, can spread the message.

Great and profound work...

We loved this documentary film. It is profound and brilliantly put together. We highly recommend it.

Inspirational!

I love this film! It's a must see for any of us that grew up with Mister Rogers Neighborhood. It reminded me that it's important to slow down and make time for the most important things in your ilfe. I was also inspired by the deep and lasting impact that Fred Rogers had on everyone around him and the difference he made in the world. I highly recommend.

Mister Rogers & Me
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2010

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