Bay Film Series shows Mr. Rogers documentary

ESCANABA — To start the school year, a special showing of the documentary, Won’t You be my Neighbor will be shown by the Bay Film Series in conjunction with a number of children’s advocacy groups including the Delta-Schoolcraft Great Start Collaborative, the Delta Schoolcraft Great Start Parent Coalitions, Great Start to Quality Resource Center, the UP Association for the Education of Young Children (UPAEYC), and the UP Early Childhood Council.

Won’t You be my Neighbor, shown on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., is an intimate glimpse into the life of beloved children’s programmer Fred Rogers. It is “the must-see documentary of the year,” according to Stephanie Archer of Film Inquiry magazine. Newsday agrees, calling it a “poignant tribute to the mild-mannered father-figure who served as moral compass to generations.”

This film, by Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville – whose films 20 Feet from Stardom and Best of Enemies were Film Series favorites — takes us past the comfy sweaters and home-town friends, into the creative genius whose legacy continues to educate and inspire children around the world. A.O Scott of The New York Times says Won’t You be my Neighbor is one of the “best American movies in theaters right now.”

Prior to the film, early childhood professionals are invited to attend a Kick-Off Event at 6 p.m. in the Besse Theater Lobby sponsored by the UP Chapter of the Michigan Association of the Education of Young Children (MIAEYC). The first 80 ECE professionals to register will receive free admission to the film, hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to network with colleagues.

ECE professionals can register here: Registrants will receive a swag bag and be entered into a drawing for ECE-related prizes, courtesy of Bay College and the ECE sponsors.

The Bay Film Series always shows the best in international, documentary, independent and local film. Again this year, we have an incredible roster of award-winning, critically-acclaimed, audience-lauded movies. The schedule for Fall 2018 will be announced at the end of August.

All Film Series movies are shown in the Besse Center Theater at Bay College. For more information, go to the Bay College website Tickets are available at the box office or can be purchased online. Students with valid ID can get a reduced admission charge of $2. Contact Nanci Love at (906) 217 -4043 for more information about the film series.