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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Director Morgan Neville joins us to talk about the life and philosophy of television icon Fred Rogers. Neville's new documentary is called Won't You Be My Neighbor? 

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Who doesn’t remember Mr. Rogers and trips to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? In a documentary screening in Salt Lake this week, director Morgan Neville explores the life and philosophy of the television icon. It was Fred Rogers’ wife Joanne who told Neville not to make Fred out to be a saint in the film because he wasn’t. But he was a person who respected children and built a career with love “at the root of everything.” Morgan Neville joins us to talk about Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Rebroadcast)

Showtimes for Won't You Be My Neighbor?

  • The documentary opens at Salt Lake Film Society's Broadway Centre Cinemas on Friday, June 22, in downtown Salt Lake City.
  • It opens Thursday, June 21, at the Century 16 in Salt Lake City and the Megaplex Theatres Sandy at Jordan Commons.
  • For our friends in St. George, Sundance Institute will also present a free screening August 24, 7 p.m., at the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center

Thanks to Impact Partners and to Utah Olympic Park for hosting our conversation, originally recorded during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.