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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Being Elmo- A Puppeteer's Journey FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster by Scott McDermott
Directed by Constance Marks
Produced by Constance Marks
Corinne LaPook
James Miller
Written by Philip Shane
Justin Weinstein
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg
Music by Joel Goodman
Cinematography James Miller
Distributed by Submarine Deluxe United States
Mongrel Media Canada
Madman Entertainment Australia
Release date(s) January 14, 2011 (2011-01-14) (Sundance)
October 21, 2011 (2011-10-21) (United States)
Running time 77 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey is a 2011 American documentary film about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind the Sesame Street character Elmo who became a rising star and created a global sensation. “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” was one of the most talked about documentaries coming out of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.


The film chronicles the journey of puppeteer Kevin Clash, the unlikely voice and mastermind behind Elmo. Focusing on Clash's childhood dreams and early career in Baltimore, Maryland; it covers his first meeting and relationship with Sesame Street creator Jim Henson, puppet maker Kermit Love, and takes you on a journey that is the phenomenal success of Elmo.

Sesame Street camera man James Miller originally filmed Kevin Clash with Elmo looking at photos of Miller's 2 year-old daughter. After showing the footage to Constance Marks, she started thinking maybe this would be a good documentary, seeing the performer behind the muppet. They brought the idea to Kevin Clash who thought it was a great opportunity to talk about the work he loves.



  • Ria Borzak
  • Rickey Boyd
  • Ewan Gotfryd
  • Mike Halsey
  • Mark M. Magner


The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was a Grand Jury Prize nominee, but went on to win the Special Jury Prize. The Hollywood Reporter's Sundance Review for the film stated, "Being Elmo is a rare documentary that will connect across generations and cultures to delight viewers worldwide for years to come."

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