Rory Kennedy is one of America’s most prolific documentary filmmakers. An Academy Award nominated, Primetime Emmy-award winning Director/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 made more than 30 highly acclaimed documentaries. Her films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A&E, Court TV, The Oxygen Network and TLC. Kennedy made the Academy Award® nominated Last Days in Vietnam, which debuted in January, 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival and went into wide theatrical release in the fall of that year.
At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, she premiered 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 Governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. 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 Film in New York.
Kennedy maintains an active speaking schedule and recently has been the keynote speaker for various lecture series, university events, and community organization functions. Kennedy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 3 children.
Mark Bailey is a four-time Emmy nominated writer and producer who has worked on a variety of award-winning documentaries. Bailey’s films have been broadcast on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A & E, Court TV and TLC.
In 2015, Bailey’s documentary, Last Days in Vietnam, was nominated for an Academy Award and Bailey himself was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Best Nonfiction Writing and a WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. That same year he was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy in Outstanding Historical Programming for his producing work on the PBS series Makers: Women Who Make America.
In 2012, Bailey was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Best Nonfiction Writing for the documentary Ethel and won the Humanitas Prize for Documentary Writing for the same film.
Some of Bailey’s other films include the Emmy Award-winning Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib, the five-part series Pandemic: Facing AIDS, for which Bailey was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy, and American Hollow, nominated for an Emmy Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
In addition to documentary work, Bailey has authored four books: a social history of Hollywood, Of All The Gin Joints (Algonquin Books, 2014), a children’s book, Tiny Pie (Running Press, 2012), a cocktail guide, Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers (Algonquin Books, 2006), and a journalistic account of an impoverished Appalachian family, American Hollow (Little, Brown & Co., 1999).
Bailey lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Jack Youngelson is an Emmy Award-winning documentary film director, producer, and writer. His projects have been shown by numerous broadcasters, including PBS, HBO, A&E, BBC, and Channel Four. Recently, he directed the premiere episode of the landmark six hour series, The Story of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, executive produced by Ken Burns, which debuted on PBS in the spring of 2015. The series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and also received the prestigious DuPont-Columbia award. Other credits include the Emmy nominated film, Mission Blue, about legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle for Netflix (writer/producer), and two projects with Rory Kennedy for HBO: Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (writer/producer), for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Non-fiction Special, and the Emmy nominated Ethel (producer). Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Jack also directed the acclaimed independent documentary Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project, about the life and work of the controversial art photographer. The San Francisco Chronicle called the film “One of the most remarkable and layered explorations of family relationships, insanity and the motivations of memoiristic artists ever to have been made.” The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was screened at film festivals throughout the world before its US television premiere on Sundance Channel. Television credits include Electric Nation for the four-part PBS series, America Revealed (writer/producer), Rethinking Happiness for the three-part NOVA series, This Emotional Life (writer/director), and the Emmy nominated McConkey for Starz and Showtime (story consultant).