Independent Lens

  • 1999
  • 20 Seasons
  • TV-PG

Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films.

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Season 13, Episode 17 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

First Aired: April 5, 2012

Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" chronicles the life story of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind the popular "Sesame Street" character Elmo. Growing up in 1970s Baltimore, Clash dreamed of one day working with Jim Henson on "Sesame Street" and, with the support of his family, went about making it happen. The documentary features rare archival footage; a behind-the-scenes look at the Jim Henson Workshop; and remarks by Frank Oz and Cheryl Henson.

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