It’s no shock that Sesame Street was born from a mixture of idealism and academic seriousness. Created by TV producer Joan Ganz Cooney and psychologist Lloyd Morrisett, then the vice-president of the Carnegie Foundation, the show aimed to bridge socioeconomic rifts and reach kids who were falling behind in their education before they had even started kindergarten. What does come as a bit of a surprise when watching the documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is the reminder that the legendary series was thought of as an attempt to harness the addictive powers of an inescapable mass medium for the forces of good.
Street Gang takes us inside the minds and hearts of the Sesame Street creators to help us understand not only how they produced this groundbreaking show, but also what it was like to be at the center of a cultural and social phenomenon. Street Gang concentrates on the most experimental and groundbreaking period of Sesame Street. The original surviving creators weave together personal narratives, and never seen behind-the-scenes footage to reveal how they collaborated to push every boundary that confronted them, changing television, and changing the world.
“A warm and often fascinating look at a group of bold visionaries who focused their talents on teaching – and entertaining – our children.” ~ Detroit News
“Interesting, funny and touching” ~ CNN
“If you’re not careful, it might leave you humming your ABCs.” ~ San Francisco Chronicle
“After more than 50 years, Sesame Street still has something to teach us” ~ New York Times
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