Headwaters Screening: 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar - 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Headwaters proudly presents a screening of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
Headwaters proudly presents a screening of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. 

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in this highly engaging, moving documentary portrait of an essential American artist.

To be a good neighbor, we are working with Lifeworks, and organization working to support a path to self-sufficiency for people in Austin experiencing homeless by providing counseling, education/workforce training, and housing assistance. At this screening, we will be accepting donations of the following items and will bring to Lifeworks:
  • Packaged underwear of any adult size, but consider larger sizes like 2X and 3X.
  • Packaged socks for adults. All adult sizes are welcome.
Any monetary donations made toward this free screening will help cover the venue and staffing cost of $750. Any monetary donations above that dollar amount will go toward future film events. 

We encourage you to come, get dinner, and enjoy the film. Parents are also welcome to casually meet post-film at The Highball.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? is rated PG-13. However, Common Sense Media gives the movie five stars and says the following:

"Parents need to know that Won't You Be My Neighbor is a poignant biographical documentary about Fred Rogers, the creator of public television's iconic Mister Rogers' NeighborhoodMixing footage from the show and interviews withRogers' widow, children, colleagues, and friends, Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville traces Rogers' life's work and legacy to educate, encourage, and inspire very young children. Expect a few swear words -- including "bitch" (in a Saturday Night Live sketch spoofing the show), "ass," "d--k," and "bastard." There are also brief clips of footage from the Vietnam War, civil rights protests, assassinations, and the Challenger disaster, as well as discussions of tough themes (from divorce to grief to Rogers' post-9/11 public service message) and how the show handled them in a child-friendly way. Otherwise, this documentary is focused on the positive aspects of Rogers' personal and professional crusade to put children, not profit, first in children's programming. Compassion, integrity, and the healthy expression of emotion are all strong themes."

They also note this film is good for families and good for children aged 10+. However, please make the best decision for your family!

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