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A film by Linda Goldstein Knowlton & Linda Hawkins

Runtime: 104 minutes

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The World According To Sesame Street explores the drama, challenges, and rewarding outcome as dedicated Sesame producers and local producers bring to life the world’s most watched children’s television program in Bangladesh, Kosovo and South Africa.


Filmmaker Bios

Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Born and raised in Chicago, Linda Goldstein Knowlton studied neuroscience at Brown University. Following college, she remained in Providence to serve the governor of Rhode Island in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. She subsequently worked raising funds for film preservation at The American Film Institute, first in Washington, D.C. and later in Los Angeles.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET was Goldstein Knowlton’s directorial debut. Previously, she produced the New Zealand film Whale Rider, directed by Niki Caro, which was the winner of Audience Awards at Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, Seattle, San Francisco and Maui film festivals. In January 2004, Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. Prior to that, Goldstein Knowlton initiated the development of The Shipping News after reading the novel in galley form in 1993 and then produced the 2001-released film, starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore and Judy Dench. She made her feature film producing debut in 1999 with both Mumford, written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan and Crazy in Alabama, directed by Antonio Banderas.

Goldstein Knowlton is completing a one-hour documentary on esteemed chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, as well as developing several feature films. She is also researching several new documentary subjects to be directed and produced with partner Linda Hawkins Costigan. She currently serves as a Sundance Trustee for the Humanitas Awards.

Linda Hawkins Costigan

Linda Hawkins Costigan has been working in the film industry for 11 years. She has spent significant time in both development and production, honing her skills in the two areas. The bulk of her interest has led her to work in the documentary field, particularly in films that are socially relevant. In 2001, Hawkins Costigan co-wrote and co-produced a documentary through Gabriel Films called Inshallah, Diary of an Afghan Woman for the Oxygen Network. She also produced films Sounds True and Big Budda Baba Films.

Although her love is documentaries, Costigan dove into the world of reality television producing for networks such as Fox, WB, CBS/UPN. She has also developed programming for Original Productions and Animal Planet.

Hawkins Costigan spent six years of her early film career as an assistant director in music videos and commercials for directors such as Michael Bay, David Fincher, Mark Romanek and Julien Temple.


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