Rory Kennedy is one of America’s most prolific documentary filmmakers. An Academy Award nominated, Primetime 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 produced more than 30 highly acclaimed documentaries. Her films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A&E, Court TV, The Oxygen Network and TLC.
Her most recent project is Academy Award® nominated Last Days in Vietnam, which debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival and went into wide theatrical release in the fall of 2014.
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 primetime 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.
In 2007, her film Ghosts of Abu Ghraib premiered at Sundance, and went on to win the Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Nonfiction Special.
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, and human rights.
Kennedy is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Documentary Branch, and is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Documentary Peer Group Executive Committee. In 2012, Kennedy joined the Sundance Alumni Advisory Board.
A graduate of Brown University, Kennedy majored in Women’s Studies. Along with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus, she is co-founder of Moxie Firecracker Productions in New York. Kennedy lives in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.
Kennedy maintains an active speaking schedule and recently has been the keynote speaker for various lecture series, university events, and community organization functions. If you would like Kennedy to speak at your next event please click Greater Talent to learn more. Follow Kennedy on Facebook.