Back Lot Music: "Won’t You Be My Neighbor" Music by Jonathan Kirkscey


For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.

Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

As a film composer, Jonathan recently scored the documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor", a film about Fred Rogers which opens in theaters in June of 2018. He also scored “Best of Enemies”, directed by Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and Robert Gordon, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. His score for “Best of Enemies” earned him the International Documentary Association’s award for best original music in a documentary feature.  Jonathan also composed music for several Netflix original documentary series including "Chelsea Does" and "Abstract: The Art of Design".

His other feature scores include Mike McCarthy's "Cigarette Girl", the documentary "2 Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution", Craig Brewer’s debut feature "The Poor and Hungry", and "Only Child" from director Brian Pera. 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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