Big Bird has been an iconic and beloved figure to all since SESAME STREET first aired in 1969. But who is the man in the Big Bird suit, who also plays grumpy trashcan resident Oscar the Grouch? Featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage of life on Sesame Street, I AM BIG BIRD tells the story of Caroll Spinney, the amiable Muppeteer who has filled Big Bird's huge orange feet and brought joy to the world for over 40 years.
Taking place June 18-22, 2014, AFI DOCS is a 5-day international documentary film festival that takes place at landmark venues in Washington, DC and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre, the independent film hub of the metropolitan region. www.afi.com/afidocs
Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney is one of the most accomplished non-fiction filmmakers working today. His 2007 film, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, received an Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature, a Best Director nomination from the Directors Guild of America, as well as a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. Gibney's devotion to telling this story earned not only the enduring respect of the filmmaking community but of policy makers grappling with the issue of torture and the conduct of the U.S. military during the Global War on Terror in the last decade.