“Mister Rogers & Me” Premiere Weekend Schedule Emerges

June 15th, 2010

As if last week’s stunning debut of my brand-new daughter, Margaret Burton Wagner wasn’t big enough, this weekend’s Nantucket Film Festival is shaping up to be a terrific debut for “Mister Rogers & Me” and Wagner Bros. Films alike.

On Friday morning, we’re both scheduled to participate in “Morning Coffee With…,” an informal, hour-long conversation with writers, directors, and producers from the festival program.

“Mister Rogers & Me” premieres Friday at 6:30 p.m. Special guests include local photographer, Beverly Hall, singer/songwriter, soundtrack contributor and pal, Casey Shea, as well as Mister Rogers’ son, John, and grandson, Ian. Q&A will follow. Afterwards, we’ll repair to our dear friends’ (and filmmakers; the pair wrote, produced and directed the 1995 feature, “The Dinner Party”) Michael Hite and Diane Zuckerman’s home for an intimate afterparty.

I, for one, won’t be partying too long, though, as I’ve been asked to be one of six storytellers at Friday night’s “Late Night Storytelling.” Hosted by Jonathan Ames and Anne Meara, the festival’s landmark event features unscripted, awe-inspiring and amusing stories by writers, actors, filmmakers, and islanders. This year’s theme, I’m told, is “Dirty Laundry.” Past storytellers have included Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Brian Williams, Joe Pantoliano, Alan Cumming, Paul Rudd and Rosie Perez.

We’re also looking forward to taking in some films, enjoying Ben Stiller’s “All-Star Comedy Roundtable,” and sneaking out to Madaket for a visit to Mister Rogers’ Crooked House and lunch at Millie’s. Here’s our schedule in full:

Thu 2:00p – Arrive Nantucket
Fri 9:00a – “Morning Coffee With…” (Rose & Crown)
Fri 6:30a – “Mister Rogers & Me” Premiere (Nantucket High School)
Fri 9:30p – “Late Night Storytelling” (Sconset Casino)
Sat 6:00p – “Mister Rogers & Me” Screening (Coffin School)
Sun 9:00a – Depart Nantucket

67 thoughts on ““Mister Rogers & Me” Premiere Weekend Schedule Emerges”

  1. Katina says:

    AWESOME!!!! Congrats!!! I’ve been following you guys for a while now!! So happy to see that things are moing along!! Can’t wait to see the film!! =D

    I love Mr. Rogers!!

  2. Kevin Medina says:

    You are the busiest man in show business. Good luck with the Premiere. See you soon.

  3. Linda says:

    Nantucket FF is the perfect place for Mr. Rogers & Me to premiere! Wave when you fly over RI. Family commitments have me grounded here, but a piece of me is with you all and the film on the island. Can’t wait to hear the stories. Have a blast!

  4. Homa Nasab says:

    “No way! Mr. Rogers? I am not going to see a film about Mr. Rogers.”

    Such was my initial response when a friend asked me to accompany her to the screening of “Mr. Rogers & Me” during the Nantucket Film Festival. Well, after hearing you two (Benjamin & Christopher Wagner) talk about your project this morning at “Morning Coffee with…”, I am on my way to see the documentary in about…three hours’ time.

    Break a leg, gentlemen! It’s just the beginning ~

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