Sunday, January 27, 2008

Documentarian Rory Kennedy is coming to Park!

It's going to be another wonderful semester in the Park School this spring -- from new student award programs and exciting travel opportunities to new mini-courses and extraordinary guest speakers.

We're kicking things off Monday night (January 28) with a presentation by Rory Kennedy, one of the country's most accomplished and prolific (not to mention award-winning) independent documentary filmmakers.

Kennedy's presentation, “The Camera Doesn’t Lie: Social Change Through Documentary Filmmaking” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 28 in Emerson Suites.

It's the first in a series of special events in 2008 that will mark the launch of the Park Center for Independent Media.

Here's some background on her (she's amazing):
Co-founder/president of Moxie Firecracker Films, Inc., Rory Kennedy is one of the nation's most prolific independent documentary filmmakers. Her impressive body of work tackles some of our most pressing social concerns--poverty, domestic abuse, drug addiction, human rights, AIDS and mental illness--and has garnered numerous awards and been featured on HBO, A&E, MTV, Lifetime, The Oxygen Network, Court TV, TLC and PBS.

Through her films, Kennedy illuminates issues via the stories of everyday people. Her 2007 EMMY award winning documentary, "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," examines the abuses of U.S. soldiers at Iraqi prisons in 2003 and explores what the events reveal about American society, government and military operations. It premiered to critical acclaim at the '07 Sundance Film Festival before being broadcast on HBO.

Other Kennedy-directed projects include: "The Homestead Strike," part of the History Channel's "Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America" series; "Street Fight" (Academy Award nomination for "Best Documentary"), tracing the controversial 2002 Newark, N.J., mayoral race between Sharpe James and Cory Booker; "American Hollow" (Emmy nomination for "Non-Fiction Primetime"), illustrating the plight of an Appalachian family caught between century-old tradition and the modern world; "A Boy's Life" ("Best Documentary" at the Woodstock Film Festival), a dramatic portrait of the troubling forces shaping the life of a young child from impoverished Mississippi; and "Pandemic: Facing AIDS," recording the triumph as well as the heartbreak of five people afflicted with the disease. Other films include: "Epidemic Africa," "Fire in Our House," "Juvies," "The Changing Face of Beauty," "Travelers," "Different Moms," "Healthy Start," "The Nazi Officer's Wife," "Sixteen" and "Girlhood."

See you there!


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