Friday, September 20, 2013

Mister Rogers & Me: Friday, 20 September 2013

Webster University Film Series Presents
Friday, September 20 at 7:30PM

(Benjamin Wagner, Christofer Wagner, 2010, US, 79 min.)
The life of Benjamin Wagner is transformed when he meets the recently retired host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred Rogers. On the afternoon of their first meeting, Mister Rogers asked the young journalist about his job as an MTV News producer.  Wagner felt exposed and embarrassed, a PBS mind in a jump cut, sound-bite MTV world.  Mister Rogers said warmly, “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.”  Later, Rogers told Wagner, 'Spread the message, Benjamin.”  The young producer set out on a quest to find depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex world through conversations with Susan Stamberg (NPR), Tim Russert (Meet The Press), and more.  A discussion will follow the screening with Co-Directors, Benjamin and Christofer Wagner.

Benjamin Wagner:  Benjamin graduated Syracuse University in 1993 with dual degrees in creative writing and journalism. Following a brief stint at an upstate New York newspaper, he moved to New York City where he began writing for Rolling Stone. He started his MTV News career in 1996, interviewing acts like REM, U2, and Neil Young. He is currently Senior Vice President there.  Benjamin is also a singer/songwriter with twelve independent albums.

Christofer Wagner:  Christofer has worked in broadcast media since receiving a B.S. in Journalism/Political Science from Marietta College in 1990.  His 20 years of media production range from the Emmy-winning news magazine, “Broadcast New York” to ABC's “Monday Night Football” to MTV News’ award-winning "Unfiltered.” Christofer came to New York in 1995 with Broadcast News Networks, spent 11 years with Sony Music Studios and is currently Senior Editor at Creative Group.

For more information please visit

Winfred Moore Auditorium, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Admission:  FREE to Webster University students and School of Communications faculty and staff.


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