won't you be my neighbor
was outstanding, as expected. a quick 93 minutes since the subject matter sucks you in. not only did the documentary talk about fred rogers himself, they also intertwined some of the stories of the people behind the scenes.
after it ended, there was a Q and A with the director of the film (morgan neville) and two of the producers (caryn capotosto and nicholas ma, who is yo-yo ma's son). they spoke of how quickly they were able to obtain financing for the film ($2M in two days after presenting their idea at sundance a few years back), the time it took from funding to completion (a little under 2 years), the length of the original cut (5 hours!!!) and the large amount of archival material at the fred rogers center to sort through. so much, in fact, that they found handfuls of undeveloped film canisters while doing research at the center.
one major character from the show, although shown in archival footage, was not interviewed in the present day for the documentary:
betty aberlin, aka lady aberlin. one of the questions for neville was centered around aberlin: is she still alive? if so, why wasn't she a part of the documentary? neville states they approached her multiple times but she declined to be on camera. people thought this as odd since just about all living cast members of the show were interviewed but not her. it seems that she has positive things to say about fred rogers and her time on the show but is not happy with the way that the fred rogers center is carrying on his legacy, specifically with the daniel tiger's neighborhood cartoon.