Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

This screening took place on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:30pmYukon Arts Centre

In the late 1960s, as the US was rocked by dissent and social change, a socially conscious media executive working in the fledgling world of public television was presented with a challenge: could she create a children's show that would "master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them"?

Inspired by the civil rights movement, Joan Ganz Cooney envisioned a program that would both entertain and educate, specifically reaching less-advantaged children to fight the educational gap created by racism and poverty. She assembled a team that included Jon Stone, the original director who set the tone and style of the series, and the incomparable Jim Henson, whose Muppets became an iconic part of the magic that is Sesame Street. Featuring exclusive footage from behind the scenes of the first two decades of the show, as well as over 20 original cast and creator interviews,

Street Gang introduces us to the people (and the Muppets!) who entertained and educated children like never before. The result was one of the most influential and enduring children's programs in television history. - Hot Docs IDFF

5 Stars, Now Magazine
"Based on Michael Davis’s book, Street Gang charts the history and evolution of the show, talking to the surviving cast and creators (with the notable exception of Frank Oz) and their children, of course. The behind-the-scenes footage, much of it shot in the early 80s, is priceless; the contemporaneous interviews with Jim Henson, director Jon Stone and producer Joan Ganz Cooney are invaluable.” - Norm Wilner, Now Magazine

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