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Before there was the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network, most of America's children sat down in front of the television every day for sage advice from their friend and neighbor Mister Rogers. From 1968-2001 (with a small break) the quiet, kind host, Fred Rogers, talked and sang directly to children through his show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," telling his audience that he liked them "just the way you are." The filmmakers behind "Won't You Be My Neighbor" premiered the documentary last week as the Salt Lake City opening night film for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville ("Twenty Feet From Stardom", "Music Of Strangers) got the idea for the film from an unlikely source, according to producer Caryn Capotosto.

While working on a film with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Neville asked the musician how he handled the celebrity that has come with his talent. Ma answered that he learned how to navigate fame from Mister Rogers. Neville thought Ma might be joking, but the cellist explained that he and Rogers had become friends after his several appearances on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, advised Ma that fame was not necessarily a bad thing and mentored him on how it could be used for good in the world.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor" will air on Friday, Jan. 26 at the Ray Theatre in Park City and Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

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