Critics and audiences alike are raving about Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the Mister Rogers documentary that’s currently sitting with a 99% Rotten Tomatoes score. (One lone grump out of 117 reviewers saddled it with a C grade.) New York Times critic A.O. Scott says it’s “at once unapologetically admiring and intellectually rigorous,” while Vogue calls it “the most soothing, joyful, and hope-inducing 90 minutes I’ve spent in recent memory.” Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was a slow-moving kids’ show shot with the tiniest of budgets, but fifty years after its premiere it still resonates. The film opens this year’s NewportFILM series of outdoor documentary screenings, and director Morgan Neville will take part in a Q&A afterwards.
The venue opens and food vendors show up at 6:30, but the film starts at 8:45. (It’s the longest day of the year, after all.)