Director: Constance Marks

That the story of Kevin Clash, the third puppeteer in the history of the character to perform Elmo on Sesame Street, has become marred by allegations of sex with minors, complicates the documentary, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey. Before the lawsuits of last year, the film was uplifting and inspiring, full of real warmth and compassion. Certainly, much of those feelings are still present in Constance Marks' doc, which profiles Clash and the jubilant response to Elmo. In the light of the suits, the film now produces some discomfort. Proceed at your own risk.