Six Reasons To Give “Mister Rogers & Me”
November 26th, 2012

In a season crowded with best intentions, plastic-wrapped, battery-powered, short-term, throw-away gifts, gifting “Mister Rogers & Me” delivers something that lasts: values. Here are six reasons to give “Mister Rogers & Me”: 6- Deep & Simple: Our heartfelt film is a “deep and simple” gift. But don’t take my word. Some press: Hitfix’s Drew McSweeny […]

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: 9 Things I Learned Writing, Producing & Directing “Mister Rogers & Me”
November 11th, 2012

I was a thirty-year-old, unmarried, singer/songwriter and MTV News Producer when I first met Mister Rogers on Nantucket in September, 2001. By the time my brother and I finished the documentary inspired by that meeting, “Mister Rogers & Me,” we’d screened at a dozen festivals, snagged some awards, hosted a number of high-profile events at […]

Mister Rogers, MaxFunCon & Me
September 24th, 2012

In many ways, “Mister Rogers & Me” began with a button my mother found in some gift shop somewhere. It read, simply, “PBS Mind In An MTV World.” While the binary is less-and-less applicable (PBS airs rock shows on Friday nights, and MTV airs its fair share of documentaries), it created a distinct filter through […]

Mister Rogers, The Dark Knight & Me
July 20th, 2012

Some six-years-ago now, Christofer and I flew to Durham, NC, to interview Human Kindness Foundation founder, author, musician and activist, Bo Lozoff, about his book, “Deep & Simple,” and his friendship with Mister Rogers. This evening, some twelve hours into covering the terribly-sad “Dark Knight Rises” shooting in Aurora, CO, for MTV News, I am […]

Behind The “Bullseye” Interview (Or, Meeting Jesse Thorn For The First Time)
April 5th, 2012

It all happened in an instant. I emailed Jesse Thorn about “Mister Rogers & Me” at 4:39 pm New Year’s Day, mere seconds after a rogue synapse reminded me that Jesse — whose Public Radio International show, “The Sound Of Young America” (now, “Bullseye With Jesse Thorn”) I’d been listening to for years — absolutely […]

The “Mister Rogers & Me” Reviews Are In!
March 30th, 2012

From The Huffington Post to IndieWire and LA Weekly, the reviews are in for the new documentary, “Mister Rogers & Me” available now from PBS DVD and iTunes. Filmmaker Benjamin Wagner first met “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” creator and star, Fred Rogers, at the television icon’s summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage […]

What’s Your “Mister Rogers & Me” Story?
March 24th, 2012

If Christofer and I learned one thing during the making of “Mister Rogers & Me,” it was that nearly everyone has a Mister Rogers story. From the porter at Richmond International Airport who told us how Mister Rogers’ voice was the only tranquil thing in his turbulent, childhood home, to the Chicago Reader reporter who […]

“Mister Rogers & Me” Soundtrack Now On iTunes! See Track List & Liner Notes
March 21st, 2012

As illustrated in the two photos of Mister Rogers and me, music was a core component to my relationship with PBS icon Mister Rogers. In the first, taken in his Nantucket living room, I am holding my guitar moments after playing “Summer’s Gone” for him. In the second, we are in his Nantucket study in […]

The Beginning Of Something Else
March 20th, 2012

The sunlight is creeping in through the window of the plane. In 30,000 feet more, LAX-JFK Flight #30 will be back home again. It’s been an eleven year trip. See, Mister Rogers summered in a modest, gray, shake-shingled house on the edge of Nantucket. My mother rented a tiny cottage next door. So Mister Rogers […]

“Mister Rogers & Me” NYC Premiere Set For Party March 22
March 12th, 2012

“Mister Rogers & Me” filmmakers Benjamin and Christofer Wagner will host a “Mister Rogers & Me” NYC Premiere Party, Soundtrack Release & Live-Stream Q&A at Rockwood Music Hall Thursday, March 22 7-9pm. The event is free, and will feature performances of songs from the “Mister Rogers & Me” soundtrack, clips from the film, and a […]

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  • Benjamin Wagner first met “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” creator and star, Fred Rogers, at Rogers’ summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage next door, so Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. On the afternoon of their first meeting, “America’s Favorite Neighbor” asked the young journalist about his job as an MTV News producer.  Wagner felt exposed and a tiny-bit embarrassed, a PBS mind in a jump-cut, sound-bit MTV world. Mister Rogers said warml ...
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