Closing Night: Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
Sesame Street, the ubiquitous show widely considered the benchmark for children’s television, has a fascinating origin story. A small cohort of dedicated, inventive, and legendary creatives firmly believed children – particularly inner-city children – deserved educational and entertaining television. Archival footage, period interviews, and current commentary from the titans who brought this show to life capture their determination and ingenuity. Featuring the original series director Jon Stone, Muppets creator Jim Henson, and savvy television executive Joan Ganz Cooney, this humorous, fast-paced documentary explores how this program continues to inspire audiences today. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
This program is also streaming. Find it here.
Marilyn Agrelo is a director and producer whose first feature Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) won a Satellite Award for Outstanding Motion Picture, Documentary, among other honors. Among her other films are Moscow Cat Theatre (2008), a documentary short, and An Invisible Sign (2010), a documentary feature. She has also directed episodes of The Electric Company.
Director Marilyn Agrelo
Producer Trevor Crafts, Ellen Scherer Crafts, Lisa Diamond
Executive Producer Brian O'Shea, Nat McCormick, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Mark Myers, Heather Kenyon
Editor Ben Gold
Cinematographer Luke Geissbühler
Music T. Griffin
Ellen Scherer Crafts