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Netflix readies Dawn Porter docuseries on Robert F. Kennedy

Digital streaming giant Netflix is slated to mark the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s historic 83-day presidential run with a four-part original docuseries from filmmaker Dawn Porter. Produced by RadicalMedia, ...
March 16, 2018

Digital streaming giant Netflix is slated to mark the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s historic 83-day presidential run with a four-part original docuseries from filmmaker Dawn Porter.

Produced by RadicalMedia, Trilogy Films and LooksFilm, Bobby Kennedy for President utilizes rare and never-before-seen archive alongside first-hand interviews with RFK confidantes and staffers to reveal Kennedy’s political legacy and the continuing influence left in the wake of Kennedy’s murder.

Kennedy, a U.S. senator from New York who had won a Senate seat in 1964, declared his candidacy for the presidency of the United States on March 16, 1968. RFK had begun making progress in building Democratic support for his nomination having run on a platform of racial and economic justice, non-aggression in foreign policy, decentralization of power, and social change.

Having defeated Senator Eugene McCarthy in the California and South Dakota primaries, Kennedy was assassinated at age 42 in Los Angeles on June 6, 1968. Sirhan Sirhan, then a 24-year-old, was convicted of the crime.

Featured interviews in the series include Harry Belafonte, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Neil Gallagher, Dolores Huerta, Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel, Paul Schrade, Franklin A. Thomas, William Arnone, Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman.

“Bobby Kennedy remains one of the most important and influential figures in American political history, and we all felt that there was no better time to study his life and legacy,” said Porter in a statement. “We take care to closely examine his transformation from law-and-order leader to a trailblazer with a progressive focus on civil rights and social justice in a tumultuous time for the country.

She added: “I gravitate to making films that shed a light on truth and justice, and RFK’s story inspires me personally, and has helped me grow as a filmmaker and a citizen.”

Bobby Kennedy for President bows globally across Netflix on April 27.

Executive producers alongside Dawn Porter are Laura Michalchyshyn; RadicalMedia’s Dave Sirulnick, Justin Wilkes and Jon Kamen; Nestan LooksFilm’s Behrans and Gunnar Deddio; and Netflix’s Ben Cotner, Adam Del Deo and Lisa Nishimura.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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