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 year
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 - over 1 year
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 2 years
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 maga...
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Celebrating Long Shots and Outcasts
NYTimes - almost 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 wa...
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10 Reasons To Celebrate Aging…
Psych Central - over 5 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. Cel...
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'Ethel' review: Extraordinary Kennedy
San Francisco Chronicle - over 5 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 ...
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Ethel—film review
Bay View Compass - over 5 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 5 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. “...
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Hamptons Guide: Alec Baldwin, Fireworks, Hampton Classic, Pow Wow
Bayside Patch - over 5 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 5 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 Le...
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The Rolling Stones Are Coming To HBO
Huffington Post - over 5 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.
  • 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".
    Kennedy was reported to have signed with Nonfiction Unlimited in May 2014.
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    Last Days in Vietnam, directed by Kennedy and co-produced with Keven McAlester, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    According to, Kennedy purchased a home in Malibu, California in January 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    In July 2012, Kennedy's sister Kerry swerved her Lexus SUV into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684.
    Her nephew Conor dated Taylor Swift in 2012.
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  • 2009
    Age 40
    She sold her Shelter Island home in December 2009.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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:
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    Kennedy went on maternity leave from her filmmaking career for the birth of her son in 2007.
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 35
    Around the time of the birth of her second daughter in 2004, Kennedy and her husband purchased a home.
    For HBO she directed and co-produced Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable (2004), which was broadcast on September 9, 2004.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 32
    In October 2001, Kennedy traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to address the opening meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women.
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    Kennedy presented the documentary at Wittenberg University on September 13, 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    On August 2, 1999, Kennedy married Mark Bailey in Greece at the mansion of shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinoyiannis.
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  • 1998
    Age 29
    Kennedy attended his funeral in January 1998.
    In 1998 Kennedy and another fellow Brown graduate Liz Garbus founded Moxie Firecracker Films which specializes in documentaries that highlight pressing social issues.
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  • 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.
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  • 1994
    Age 25
    Released in 1994, the idea came out of a paper she wrote while a student at Brown on female addicts.
  • 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.
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