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In Search of Kennedy

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(Jan 01, 2011)

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Editorial Reviews

This documentary from Academy Award® winner Chuck Workman takes a 21st Century look back at the life, legacy and myth of President Kennedy from the perspective of the 2008 presidential campaign. Its subject, while inspired by the past, is as fresh as today's headlines, with the film exploring the candidacy of the leading presidential contenders and their comparisons to the JFK legacy. Workman never wanted to make simply another Kennedy biography, although the biographical facts are there. What is different in this film is not necessarily in the images of Kennedy we see or hear about, it’s in the way the images are used, the way the story and the new sequences are conceived and stitched together, the way the facts and opinions interrelate, and possibly bring us some new insights. From Workman interview — "Kennedy was somebody we not only wanted, but he’s somebody we needed. We needed change. Now we just have people all saying 'change,' but we need change in the right direction. I think Kennedy brought a new perspective on politics and government and America’s place in the world and the role of the President. He led America into a positive and confident attitude that we might have lost..... I learned that the story of the film is not that we’re in search of Kennedy and we found him, but we’re in search of a figure like Kennedy and we’re still searching." In addition to some rarely seen footage of Kennedy, the documentary features interviews with more than 50 luminaries such as Norman Mailer, Tom Hayden, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Michael Moore, Garrison Keillor, Chris Matthews, Arianna Huffington and Senators Edward Kennedy, Joseph Biden and Chris Dodd. Filmed throughout the world over a three year period, it premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, screened at the Montreal Film Festival as well as the Denver Film Festival as part of the Executive Direction series.

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  • Directors: Chuck Workman
  • Producers: Stephen Kern
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated:
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  • Run Time: 52 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0069UI3FY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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