I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

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Press Contacts

Tribeca Film
Tammie Rosen, 212-941-2003, trosen@tribecaenterprises.com
Jordan Lawrence, 212-941-2038, jlawrence@tribecafilm.com

ID PR
Shivna Vasavada, 323-882-4833, shivna@id-pr.com
Lauren Felsenstein, 212.774.6162, lfelsenstein@id-pr.com

Production Information

Release Date

VOD: Available on iTunes & VOD: May 5, 2015
Theatrical: Select theatrical release beginning May 6, 2015
New York: IFC Center - opens May 6, 2015
May 15:
Boston: Brattle Theater - opens May 15, 2015
Chicago: Gene Siskel Film Center - opens May 15, 2015
Columbus: Gateway Film Center - opens May 15, 2015
Detroit: Cinema Detroit - opens May 15, 2015
Los Angeles area:
- Los Angeles: Royal - opens May 15, 2015
- Santa Ana, CA: South Coast Village - opens May 15, 2015
Minneapolis: St Anthony Main - opens May 15, 2015
New Orleans: Zeitgeist Theater - opens May 15, 2015
New York: Cinema Village - opens May 15, 2015
Philadelphia: PFS at Roxy Theater - opens May 15, 2015
Portland: Living Room Theaters - opens May 15, 2015
San Diego: Digital Cinema - opens May 15, 2015
Santa Fe: CCA - opens May 15, 2015
San Francisco area:
- Berkeley: Rialto Cinemas Elmwood - opens May 15, 2015
- San Francisco: Balboa Theater - opens May 15, 2015
- Sonoma: Sebastopol Rialto Cinemas - opens May 15, 2015
Scottsdale: Shea 14 - opens May 15, 2015
May 22:
Eugene, OR: Metro Cinemas - opens May 22, 2015
Gainesville, FL: The Wooly - opens May 22, 2015
Greensboro, NC: Geeksboro Cinema - opens May 22, 2015
Louisville: Village 7 - opens May 22, 2015
Miami area:
- Coral Gables: Cosford Cinema - May 22,2015
- Miami: O-Cinema - opens May 22,2015
Monroe, NY: Monroe Theater - opens May 22, 2015
Palm Springs: Camelot - opens May 22, 2015
Pittsburgh: Hollywood Theater - opens May 22, 2015
Sedona, AZ: Mary Fischer Theater - opens May 22, 2015
May 28:
Martha's Vineyard, MA: MV Film Society - opens May 28, 2015
May 29:
Covallis, OR: Darkside - opens May 29, 2015
Denver: Sie Film Center - opens May 29, 2015
Eugene: Metro Cinemas - opens May 29, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI: Celebration Woodlands - opens May 29, 2015
Portland: Laurelhurst - opens May 29, 2015
Portland: Academy Theater - opens May 29, 2015
June 1:
Nashville: Belcourt - opens June 1, 2015
June 5:
Hartford, CT: Real Art Ways - opens June 5, 2015
Harrisburg, PA: Midtown Theater- opens June 5, 2015
Montpelier, VT: Savoy - opens June 5, 2015
Rosendale, NY: Rosendale Theater - opens June 5, 2015
Winston-Salem, NC: A/perture Cinema - opens June 5, 2015
June 7:
Lowell, MA: Mill No 5 - opens June 1, 2015
June 9:
St Helena, CA: Cameo Art House - opens June 1, 2015
June 10:
Boulder, CO: Boedicker Theater - opens June 10, 2015
Geneva, NY: Smith Opera House - opens June 10, 2015
June 12:
Hartford: Real Art Ways - opens June 12, 2015
Lambertville, NJ: ACME Screening Room - opens June 12, 2015
Pelham, NY: Picturehouse - opens June 12, 2015
June 19:
Bellingham, WA: Pickford - opens June 19, 2015
Dallas, TX: Texas Theater - opens June 19, 2015
Ft Wayne, IN: Cinema Center- opens June 19, 2015
Hunter, NY: Mountain Cinema - opens June 19, 2015
Lake Park, FL: Mos Art - opens June 19, 2015
Ogden, UT: Arthouse 502 - opens June 19, 2015
Phoenix: Film Bar - opens June 19, 2015
Seattle: SIFF Cinema - opens June 19, 2015
St Johnsberry, VT: Catamount - opens June 19, 2015
Wilmington, DE: Theater N - opens June 19, 2015
June 26:
Burien, WA: Tin Pan - opens June 26, 2015
Tulsa, OK: Circle Cinemas - opens June 26, 2015
Washington: AFI Silver Theater - opens June 26, 2015
June 30:
Brunswick, ME: Frontier Café - opens June 30, 2015
July 3:
Hilo, PA: Ware Center - opens July 3, 2015
July 5:
Daytona, FL: Cinemathique - opens July 5, 2015
July 7:
Florence, OR: City Lights Cinema - opens July 7, 2015
July 12:
Albuquerque: Guild Cinema - opens July 12, 2015
July 16:
Lancaster, HI: Palace Theater - opens July 16, 2015
July 19:
Memphis: Brooks Museum - opens July 19, 2015
August 1:
Lowell, MA: Mill No 5 - opens August 1, 2015
August 15:
Long Beach, CA: The Art Theater- opens August 15, 2015
August 17:
Columbia, SC: Nickelodeon - opens August 17, 2015
August 25:
Tacoma, WA: The Grand Tacoma - opens August 25, 2015
August 28:
Gulf Breeze, FL: Tree House Cinema - opens August 28, 2015
September 20:
Williamsburg, VA: Kimball theater - opens September 20, 2015
September 21:
Cincinnati, OH: Esquire - opens September 21, 2015

Director
Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker
Screenwriter
Dave LaMattina
Producer(s)
Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker
Cast
Caroll Spinney
Runtime
87 minutes

Synopsis

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch - and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

Film Stills

Archival photo of Caroll Spinney and Kermit Love on the set of a Sesame Street production. Photo courtesy of Debra Spinney.

Archival photo of Caroll Spinney and Jim Henson. Photo courtesy of Debra Spinney.

Archival photo of Caroll Spinney and Snuffleupagus on the set of Sesame Street. Photo courtesy of Debra Spinney.

Archival photo of Debra Spinney and Caroll Spinney. Photo courtesy of Debra Spinney.

Archival photo of Caroll Spinney and Oscar The Grouch. Photo courtesy of Gary Boynton/Puppeteers of America.

Archival photo of Caroll Spinney puppeteering Big Bird. Photo courtesy of Robert Furhing.