By Bryan Alexander
Dec. 5, 2011
Ethel Kennedy has been to the Sundance Film Festival before, but never as the subject of a film. This looks to change with the 2012 festival, which will showcase the documentary Ethel, an intimate portrait of her life directed by daughter Rory Kennedy.
Organizers on Monday released the list of 23 dramatic films and documentaries to be premiered at the festival Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah. The out-of-competition lineup also includes a documentary about Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Simon and a drama directed by Spike Lee.
Rory Kennedy says the Kennedy matriarch, 83, is looking forward to attending the premiere.
“She’s excited, but she’s a little bit shy,” says Kennedy, the youngest of the 11 children of Ethel and the late Robert F. Kennedy. “It’s always awkward to see yourself on the big screen. (Ethel) is mostly proud of me for making the film. It’s very sweet. She deflects it off herself.”