Rory Kennedy
American filmmaker
Rory Kennedy
Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy is an American documentary filmmaker and producer. She is the youngest of the eleven children of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and his wife Ethel (née Skakel).
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Government corruption and big-wave fever: Two docs look at California's fraught relationship with water
LATimes - about 1 month
Marina Zenovich holds up a glass and looks hard at the clear liquid inside. “Water is right there, we see it every day. It’s something we all need, but we don’t necessarily know where it comes from.” Rory Kennedy looks out a window at a snowy mountain and talks about seeing Laird Hamilton “surf...
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Rory Kennedy, David DiCamillo: Rory Kennedy and David DiCamillo: In the Gym, Moving Very Quickly
NYTimes - 5 months
A granddaughter of Robert Kennedy and of Frank Gifford weds a Citibank executive.
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Scientologists Deny Campaign Against 'Going Clear' For Oscar Win
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Can the Scientology documentary "Going Clear" follow in the footsteps of last year's "Citizenfour" by winning both the Emmy and the Oscar for Best Documentary?  HBO hopes so. In March, the network debuted "Going Clear" on the big screen in New York and Los Angeles, making it eligible for an Academy Award. And the movie -- directed by Alex Gibney and based on a non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright -- took home the Emmy last month. But there's one major obstacle in its way: The Church of Scientology.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scientology is waging an aggressive campaign to prevent "Going Clear" from winning an Oscar. The magazine writes that in recent weeks at least three prominent members of the Academy's documentary branch -- Rory Kennedy, John Battsek and Jon Else -- have been approached by members of the group. Simultaneously, the Church of Scientology is allegedly producing a documentary about Gibney, and commissioning a profile of him for its official magaz ...
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Celebrating Long Shots and Outcasts
NYTimes - about 2 years
At a luncheon in her honor, Rory Kennedy said she fully expected her documentary "Last Days in Vietnam" would not win the Oscar.
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Rory Kennedy sheds light on America’s ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ in her Oscar-nominated documentary
Yahoo News - about 2 years
In her latest documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam,” director and producer Rory Kennedy takes viewers on a 98-minute, riveting journey about the final hours of the evacuation of Saigon. From a war that spanned two decades and has been the subject of numerous films (both Hollywood blockbusters and documentaries), Kennedy has chosen to home in on a few precious hours that would shape the course of history and millions of lives.
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In the Fall of Saigon, Lessons for Today
NYTimes - about 2 years
The filmmaker Rory Kennedy says "Last Days in Vietnam" offers truths about how to wind down a war -- and how not to.
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'Last Days in Vietnam' focuses on American heroes who saved South Vietnamese
Fox News - about 3 years
Filmmaker Rory Kennedy -- the youngest child of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy -- uncovers Americans heroes few are even aware of in her documentary "Last Days in Vietnam," which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Pollen counts set to soar this summer as experts warn hay fever will be the worst for 50 years
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
Professor Roy Kennedy, one of Britain's leading hay fever experts, predicted the period to June would see the highest pollen levels for more than five decades.
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A head start on dealing with the weather
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
A head start on dealing with the weather When Sandy struck, Jennifer Raiser, treasurer of the Burning Man Project nonprofit, was in New York for meetings with members of the Burning Man community. Having learned over the years to cope with environmental extremes - "We've been through dust storms, high winds, 30-degree nights and 100-degree days with no running water or electricity" - the Burners were up to dealing with the hurricane. [...] its power ran out, the iPhone was an urban Swiss army knife: maps, texts, music, camera, latest hurricane news, even a flashlight app. Berkeley's Larry Rosenthal has mixed feelings: "Great that Obama won," he e-mailed, "but it's still a little disappointing we won't have a First Horse." [...] astute political analyst Jerry Nachman observes, "None of the pundits have pointed out that this is the first time in history that there will be two members of Congress named Tammy - Tammy Duckworth and Tammy Baldwin." Rory Kennedy was ...
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10 Reasons To Celebrate Aging…
Psych Central - over 4 years
Yesterday was my birthday. I’m not sad. Not manic, either. Just celebrating aging and a joyous day. Here are 10 reasons why: 1. It went on for three days, beginning Saturday. I had my hair cut. Very short. It’s a brush cut. I love carefree hair. Who has time to fuss with hair, so  every eight weeks, I’m buzzed. 2. Then, I met my closest girlfriend and we walked to a tiny perfect new sushi spot for a delicious Bento Box lunch. Very intimate. We had the place to ourselves. This is our annual ritual because our birthdays are three days apart, though I’m one year older. We exchange small gifts ~ I knit her a scarf in her favourite colours ~ and we celebrate our friendship. Without fail. Getting Buzzed 3. Then I went home, worked for a bit – I never feel right unless I work everyday. We watched a great HBO documentary about Ethel Kennedy, made by Rory Kennedy, her 11th and youngest child born six months after the 1968 assassination of her father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Cele ...
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'Ethel' review: Extraordinary Kennedy
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
'Ethel' review: Extraordinary Kennedy One of the most striking elements in Rory Kennedy's affectionate and revealing documentary about her mother, Ethel Kennedy, is that those old enough to remember the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 perhaps remember as well the shattering sense of grief and hopelessness that the shooting brought. While some may think that sitting down to talk about her life with the youngest of her 11 children behind the camera is unlikely to yield a detailed or objective portrait, you will come away from the film understanding a great deal about an extraordinary woman who played much more than just a supporting role in a significant period in our history. From the election of John F. Kennedy onward, the nation got to know the two most visible of the Kennedy women: the reserved, patrician Jacqueline, who spoke in Marilyn Monroe-like near whispers, and the fun-loving, girl-next-door Ethel Skakel Kennedy, the wife of the president's c ...
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Ethel—film review
Bay View Compass - over 4 years
  Ethel, 2011 Rory Kennedy, Director, Producer, Narrator Mark Bailey, Writer Presented at Milwaukee Film Festival 2012  By Caroline Jaecks, UWM Film Student Ethel (Skakel) Kennedy made sure each of her children did something adventurous and charitably significant. As the eleventh and youngest child of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy made [...]
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BREAKING: Taylor Swift Is “Obsessed” with The Kennedys
Beleb Dirty Laundry - over 4 years
From Us Weekly: For years, Taylor Swift has harbored a not-so-secret infatuation with her new boyfriend Conor Kennedy’s iconic family. “She’s obsessed with the family,” a pal tells Us Weekly. One insider adds that Conor’s cousin Ted Kennedy Jr. even calls the country crooner a “Kennedy groupie!” The 22-year-old “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer first grew enamored while watching the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys, then began collecting memorabilia for her Nashville and Beverly Hills pads and boning up on the clan’s history. “I just read a 900-page book called The Kennedy Women,” she raved to Rolling Stone last summer. Months later, Rory Kennedy reached out to Swift for concert tickets, and Swift turned up at January’s Sundance Film Festival to catch a screening of Ethel, Rory’s HBO documentary about her mom (and Conor’s grandmother). Her persistence paid off. Rory invited Swift to visit the family’s compound for 4th of July weekend, where she met Conor, 18. “S ...
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Hamptons Guide: Alec Baldwin, Fireworks, Hampton Classic, Pow Wow
Bayside Patch - over 4 years
Labor Day weekend is upon us and summer is coming to an end, but the East End is not quite done celebrating summer.  Here are some of the hottest events happening in the Hamptons this weekend. Montauk End of Summer Pop-Up: Navy Beach will host an End of Summer Pop-Up featuring Devorado Designer Vintage and Shandi Levy on Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Live music will be provided and there will be a special appearance by DJ Jason. Photographer Cara Bloch will be on-hand to take photos and shoot video. Navy Beach will be offering lunch and dinner from its signature menu. Reservations can be made ahead of time by calling 631-668-6868. Amagansett Art Show Opening: On Saturday, a group show of young photographers, including Mia Berg, Daniel Cabrera, Josh Cohen, Maggie Harrsen, Hailey Kohlus, Kate Petrone, Yaan Pessino and Ingrid Silva, opens at Neoteric Fine Art. “The Inner Lense” refers to the notion of photography as reflection of personal experience, intimate ...
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Hamptons Agenda: Hampton Classic, Alec Baldwin, Fireworks, Powwow
Bellmore Patch - over 4 years
Labor Day weekend is upon us and summer is coming to an end, but the East End is not quite done celebrating summer.  Here are some of the hottest events happening in the Hamptons this weekend. Just click on the links for more information on each event: Montauk END OF SUMMER POP-UP: Navy Beach will host an End of Summer Pop-Up that will feature Devorado Designer Vintage and Shandi Levy on Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.  Live music will be provided and there will be a special appearance by DJ Jason, and photographer Cara Bloch will be on hand to take photos and shoot video during the pop-up.  Navy Beach will be offering lunch and dinner from their signature menus and reservations can be made ahead of time by calling 631-668-6868. Amagansett ART SHOW OPENING: On Saturday, a group show of young photographers, like Mia Berg, Daniel Cabrera, Josh Cohen, Maggie Harrsen, Hailey Kohlus, Kate Petrone, Yaan Pessino, and Ingrid Silva, opens at Neoteric Fine Art. “The Inner Len ...
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The Rolling Stones Are Coming To HBO
Huffington Post - over 4 years
HBO has announced that it is producing a Rolling Stones documentary. HBO co-presidents of programming Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler announced at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that the network will make the doc about the legendary band in honor of its 50th anniversary. Brett Morgen of "The Kid Stays In The Picture" is directing the Rolling Stones documentary, which is being made with the full involvement of current and former band members, including Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. The documentary will follow the Rolling Stones from their early days through their entire career, but this is not the first time HBO has highlighted Stones -- the network aired a Stones concert special 10 years ago. And here is some info on HBO's other upcoming documentaries for the second half of 2012, including a divorce film from Rosie O'Donnell and Rory Kennedy's "Ethel," in chronological order: "Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules For Parents On Divorce" (Sept. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rory Kennedy
  • 2016
    Age 47
    Kennedy went on to endorse Obama's rival, Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    During the trial in February 2014, Kennedy defended her sister by insisting that she had "reputation for sobriety and general healthy living".
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    Kennedy was reported to have signed with Nonfiction Unlimited in May 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2014, Last Days in Vietnam opened at the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles. Kennedy had difficulty getting some of the people featured in her film to get involved. Out of them, she believed Henry Kissinger had the most reluctance to the project. On their reluctance, Kennedy stated: "I think a lot of those folks suffered post-traumatic stress from that moment. When I asked them to relive it, it really took a toll. Many of the people told me it took them a week to recover from the interviews. I've gotten tons of emails from people in Vietnam who can't see the film because it's too traumatic for them." Last Days in Vietnam was nominated as Best Documentary Feature for the 87th Academy Awards.
    Last Days in Vietnam, directed by Kennedy and co-produced with Keven McAlester, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014.
    More Details Hide Details During production of the film, she spoke with U.S. military and Vietnam nationals now in the U.S. and said the most exciting part of the film to her was "telling the untold stories about Americans and Vietnamese who were on the ground, who went against U.S. policy and risked their lives to save Vietnamese".
  • 2013
    Age 44
    According to, Kennedy purchased a home in Malibu, California in January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the 1990s, Kennedy was said to have been known solely for being the child of Robert F. Kennedy born after his death. Following the plane crash of her cousin John F. Kennedy, Jr., she established notability for being the relative whose wedding he planned to attend. Anita Gates of The New York Times wrote that Kennedy would understandably want to be known as "the one who became a filmmaker." She has elicited sympathy in some corners, with Edward Klein writing in his book The Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years that Rory Kennedy "had suffered more from the Kennedy Curse than any other member of the family." Klein then listed the deaths of her father and brother David, as well as her role in unsuccessfully attempting to prevent the death of Michael Kennedy. Kennedy has spoken of her work and its relation to that of her father. "I don’t think of it as a continuation of his work, but I certainly think I was influenced by the person that he was and have made a range of choices because of what he contributed to the world. I have enormous respect for all that he accomplished in his short life and how much he was able to move people and touch people. I’ve certainly been inspired by that." On January 14, 2010, Full Frame announced Kennedy and Liz Garbus would be the recipients of that year's Career Award.
  • 2012
    Age 43
    In July 2012, Kennedy's sister Kerry swerved her Lexus SUV into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684.
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    Her nephew Conor dated Taylor Swift in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details According to her mother Ethel, Swift began associating with the family after Rory attended a concert of hers with her daughters, Georgia and Bridget. Kennedy said she loved the singer and her music.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    She sold her Shelter Island home in December 2009.
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    Kennedy advocates for several social activism organizations and sits on the board of numerous non-profit organizations. Kennedy became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2010, Kennedy gave a presentation at The Ritz-Carlton, where she spoke on the effects of alcohol and drug use and concluded addiction and domestic violence "are intricately connected.” She also voiced her support of treatment options, calling them "more important than the criminal justice approach". Executive director and CEO of Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs Robert Bozzone agreed with her opinion and added, "If you listen to Rory, treatment is more effective than incarceration. On the shooting of Michael Brown, Kennedy believed the reason it garnered national media attention "is that it’s a touch point that indicates a larger social challenge that we all need to mull over and try to grapple with in a thoughtful and considerate way, and I think it has to do both with race and class."
    On June 30, 2009, Kennedy was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Kennedy directed "The Fence (La Barda)" which premiered at the opening night of The Sundance Film Festival 2010. The film made its debut on HBO on September 16, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Favorably received, it details the woeful inadequacies of the border fence between the United States and Mexico, which has increased migrants' deaths, but does not deter illegal immigration. In 2011 she produced and directed the documentary Ethel about her mother, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on HBO on October 18, 2012. Reviews called the documentary a moving tribute, but criticized its lack of depth. Kennedy conducted interviews with her siblings over five days in Hyannis Port at the Kennedy family compound. For the finished film, she went through "some 100 hours" of archive footage, photos and home videos.
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Kennedy announced her support of Barack Obama being the Democratic Party's nominee in the 2008 U.S. presidential election in an op-ed essay, "Two fine choices, one clear decision - Obama", in the San Francisco Chronicle stating:
    More Details Hide Details Last Monday, I was very moved to see my uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and my cousin, Caroline Kennedy, publicly endorse Sen. Barack Obama. I thought their statements of support were brave, intelligent and responsible. Given the importance of this election, and the remarkable strength of our candidates, it's not an easy decision for anyone looking to cast a vote for a new direction in this country.. Recently, my mother, Ethel Kennedy, said of Obama: 'I think he feels it. He feels it just like Bobby did. He has the passion in his heart. He's not selling you. It's just him.' I agree. Obama is a genuine leader. We Americans - women included - desperately need that kind of leader now. Not a president of a particular gender or a specific race, but a president with a different vision, one who inspires a sense of hope.
    She directed Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House (2008) for HBO Documentary Films, which premiered on HBO on August 18, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details According to reviews, the 40 minute long documentary provided an interesting, if brief, glimpse into the iconic journalist.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    Kennedy went on maternity leave from her filmmaking career for the birth of her son in 2007.
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    Kennedy directed and co-produced Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Documentary.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy first learned of the Abu Ghraib prison when images came out in the media, which were accompanied by a New Yorker article by Seymour Hersh. According to Kennedy, she was "horrified and shocked and disgusted" by the images of the naked prisoners and laughing American soldiers. She conducted interviews with people who were present at the prison along with those directly involved in the abuse. Kennedy's opinion of the participants changed after she interviewed them, where she began feeling they "were very humane and very much like me" and discovered they "were not monsters."
  • 2004
    Age 35
    Around the time of the birth of her second daughter in 2004, Kennedy and her husband purchased a home.
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    For HBO she directed and co-produced Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable (2004), which was broadcast on September 9, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The film takes a "what if" look at the catastrophic consequences of a radioactive release at the Indian Point Energy Center, a three-unit nuclear-power plant station, located north of midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York. Rory directed and co-produced Homestead Strike (2006) as part of The History Channel’s series, 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America (April 2006).
    When asked in a March 24, 2004, interview with about her interest in the American South, Kennedy cited her father's experiences in the region as an inspiration and starting point.
    More Details Hide Details In the same article, she goes on to mention that showing class differences in American culture also motivates her.
  • 2002
    Age 33
    She was a co-executive producer for Street Fight (2005), which chronicles the 2002 Newark, New Jersey, unsuccessful mayoral campaign of Democratic Cory Booker — then a Newark Municipal Councilman — against Democratic eighteen-year incumbent Mayor Sharpe James.
    More Details Hide Details The film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary (Feature). (Booker later won the mayoral election on May 9, 2006, against Democratic Ronald Rice; James did not seek re-election for another four-year term in 2006.)
    Kennedy directed and co-produced the Emmy Award-nominated series Pandemic: Facing AIDS (2003), which premiered at the International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain, on July 8, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details It was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and it tells the real stories of Aids patients outside the Western world. It was broadcast in America as a five-part series on HBO in June 2003. Kennedy directed and co-produced A Boy’s Life (2004), the story of a young boy and his family in rural Mississippi. It premiered to rave reviews at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded the Best Documentary prize at the Woodstock Film Festival; it was later broadcast on HBO.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    In October 2001, Kennedy traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to address the opening meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women.
    More Details Hide Details At the meeting, she spoke about her documentary film-production company Change the World Through Film.
    Kennedy presented the documentary at Wittenberg University on September 13, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details After the film's presentation, she answered questions.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    On August 2, 1999, Kennedy married Mark Bailey in Greece at the mansion of shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinoyiannis.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy met Bailey in Washington through mutual friends after graduating from Brown University. The wedding was originally scheduled for July 17 in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, but was postponed after the plane carrying her cousin John F. Kennedy, Jr. crashed en route to the event. The tent intended for the wedding became a site for family prayers during the search for her cousin. In the months following John Jr.'s death, Kennedy declined to speak of his plane crash publicly. In October 1999, Kennedy and her husband moved with their dog Clementine to a new home in the West Village in a neighborhood they reportedly "loved." Rory and Mark have two daughters, Georgia Elizabeth Kennedy-Bailey (b. 2002); Bridget Katherine Kennedy-Bailey (b. 2004); and one son, Zachary Corkland Kennedy-Bailey (b. 2007) The family resides in Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1998
    Age 29
    Kennedy attended his funeral in January 1998.
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    In 1998 Kennedy and another fellow Brown graduate Liz Garbus founded Moxie Firecracker Films which specializes in documentaries that highlight pressing social issues.
    More Details Hide Details The television networks that have shown its films include: A&E, the UK's Channel 4, Court TV, Discovery Channel, HBO, Lifetime, MTV, Oxygen, PBS, Sundance Channel, and TLC. She directed and co-produced American Hollow (1999) about a struggling Appalachian family which received critical acclaim and many awards. HBO broadcast the film and publisher Little, Brown and Company released Kennedy's companion book simultaneously.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    Kennedy moved to New York following graduation and then briefly in Los Angeles. Kennedy's brother Michael LeMoyne Kennedy died in late December 1997 as a result of a skiing accident.
    More Details Hide Details She was with him at the time of his death and tried to resuscitate him by giving mouth-to-mouth. Despite her efforts, he was fatally injured and his blood stained her mouth.
  • 1994
    Age 25
    Released in 1994, the idea came out of a paper she wrote while a student at Brown on female addicts.
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  • 1968
    She was born in Washington, D.C. six months after her father was assassinated. Her mother chose the name "Rory" because she felt it bore resemblance to her father's nickname "Bobby." On December 19, 1968, a week after Kennedy was born, her mother took her to her father's grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy's older brother Michael LeMoyne Kennedy was assigned as her godparent by their mother. Friends of the Kennedy family said the pair spoke almost every day of their lives. When Rory was a teenager, she was arrested outside the South African Embassy. At age 15, Her brother David died in 1984 from a drug overdose. Rory graduated from The Madeira School and then Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. During her sophomore year there, she organized a rally in front of a Providence, Rhode Island supermarket. She urged shoppers to boycott grapes in solidarity with migrant farm workers. In the 1990s, Rory and fellow Brown classmate Vanessa Vadim (daughter of Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda) formed May Day Media, a non-profit organization that specializes in the production and distribution of films with a social conscience, based in Washington, D.C. Kennedy's first documentary was Women of Substance.
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