On September 21st, the Brookdale 4th and 5th graders are going to have a special visit from award winning documentary filmmaker and producer, Caryn Capotosto. Caryn will be sharing clips from some of her films, talking about the process of turning a story into a film with her friend Mr. Schumann, and what it's like to live out your childhood dreams in this special visit. Her most recent film, Won't You Be My Neighbor, chronicles the life of Mr. Fred Rogers and his groundbreaking television show for kids that ran on PBS for decades. This film is all about kindness and how Mr. Rogers taught generations of children and adults to be kind.
Some of her other films focus on music. The Music Of Strangers is about the cellist Yo Yo Ma bringing musicians from around the world to play together using the language of music. Back-up singers for the greatest musicians of the last 50 years were shown in the film she produced titled 20 Feet From Stardom which won an Academy Award in 2014 for Best Documentary Feature Film. Last year Caryn won her first Emmy for a documentary she produced on PBS. We are excited to have her come to our school to speak with the students.