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Rory Kennedy

Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Rory Kennedy is one of America’s most prolific independent documentary filmmakers. An Emmy-award winning producer, Kennedy has an impressive body of work which deals with some of the world’s most pressing issues – poverty, political corruption, domestic abuse, drug addition, human rights and mental illness. Kennedy has produced, directed and/or written more than 30 highly acclaimed documentaries and her films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A&E, Court TV, The Oxygen Network and TLC. Her most recent project is Last Days in Vietnam, which debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival and went into wide release September 26, is currently nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary film.

She was a surrogate speaker for President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, President Barack Obama’s primary and general election campaign and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. She offers passionate views on a variety of topics ranging from documentary filmmaking as social advocacy, human rights, women, AIDS, and entrepreneurship.

At the Podium
Award-winning film maker Rory Kennedy is a masterful story teller and a compelling speaker who shares her unique viewpoint of living American history. A dedicated activist, Kennedy challenges audiences to share her commitment to social advocacy and to find ways to make a difference.  Her devotion in taking on the world’s most pressing social and human rights issues serve as a call to action for audiences.

Biography Details
At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, she premiered the film Ethel, a feature length documentary chronicling the extraordinary life of her mother Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert F. Kennedy, which was nominated for 5 prime time Emmy awards.  She also produced Killing in the Name, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Documentary short in 2011.  In 2009, she Executive Produced Street Fight, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Her other projects include Bobby Fisher Against the World (2011), Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (2009) and The Fence (La Barda). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and she’s appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Today Show, CNN and NPR. A committed activist, Kennedy continues to fight for social justice, addiction, AIDS prevention and human rights.

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