The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum presented a screen viewing of the HBO documentary Ethel on July 17, 2014. The event was held at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, MA. Specifically, the screen viewing took place in the Cape Codder’s main function room, which is appropriately named the JFK Ballroom.
Before the screening began the JFK Hyannis Museum hosted a private reception, which was attended by many of the museum’s board members as well as numerous Kennedy enthusiasts. Additionally, Rory Kennedy was seen at the reception.
Following the reception, Dick Neitz, President of the John F. Kennedy Museum Foundation, began the screen viewing by acknowledging Rory Kenney’s accomplishments and thanking her hosting the event.
Rory Kennedy, both the producer and the director of Ethel, has dedicated her career to creating films that document humanitarian issues and significant moments in history. For the documentary Ethel, Rory Kennedy turned the focus onto her own family, “I wanted to tell the story of my family, but most of all I wanted to tell the story of my mother, Ethel Kennedy,” she said.
Ethel focuses on remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, told through the point of view of the Kennedy family and Ethel Kennedy herself. The film covers the life that Ethel shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. Ethel was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013.
Ethel was very well received by the audience at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, with many guests showing strong recollection of the more tragic aspects of the Kennedy family’s story that were depicted in the film.
Following the end of the film, Ethel Kennedy made an appearance in the audience, while Rory Kennedy took the stage to answer questions about the film.
Rory Kennedy touched upon a number of topics including her family, her passion for making films and even her own political aspirations, “I admire all those who pursue a career in politics. I’m not convinced politics is for me though. I love what I am doing right now. I really enjoy making films and advocating for human rights. I’m not sure about politics, maybe someday in the future, but for now I am very happy with what I do.”
Working primarily with the Moxie Firecracker Films production company, Rory Kennedy has created over 30 films focusing on human rights issues and important events in history. Her films cover a wide range of topics including AIDS, women’s rights and the American family.
Rory Kennedy’s most recent film, Last Days in Vietnam, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014. The film, which covers the final weeks of the Vietnam War, was met with positive reviews and is set to be released in the United States on September 5, 2014.