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Rory Kennedy

BORN: DEC. 12, 1968

Rory is an award winning documentary filmmaker and social activist.

Rory wed Mark Bailey on August 2, 1999 after dating over 4 years.  Mark Bailey is a writer and editor of books and film.

Georgia Elizabeth Kennedy-Bailey was born on Sept. 31, 2002 with Bridget born approximately the second week of July 2004 (full name not known).

Rory and Mark welcomed their third child on July 16, 2007.
Zachary Corkland Kennedy-Bailey arrived at 9:47 am, weighing in at 8 lbs, 10 oz.
He joins big sisters Georgia Elizabeth, now 4 1/2, and Bridget Katherine, now 3.

In March 2004, the Bailey's purchased a $1.5 million 20-foot wide, 3,000 square foot townhouse in Park Slope, New York.

Rory and fellow Brown graduate, Liz Garbus developed Moxie Firecracker, Inc.

In 1999, Kennedy joined a White House delegation visiting Africa and made Epidemic Africa, a short film about the devastating impact of AIDS on families in Africa. Portions of the film have been shown on NBC NEWS and ABC NEWS.

Kennedy has also recently completed A Boy's Life, which chronicles the story of a seven-year-old boy and his family in Eupora, Mississippi (HBO, 2003)

Kennedy and Garbus' first joint venture, Different Moms, a one-hour documentary about mentally retarded parents raising normally developed children, aired on Lifetime Television in April 1999. Also recently produced at Moxie Firecracker were Sixteen, a four-part series of one-hour documentary films for The Oxygen Network, which featured a cross-section of teenage girls in their most crucial and volatile year of adolescence., and Waxter Girls, a film about violent juvenile offenders at Maryland's only all-female juvenile detention facility (The Learning Channel).

Kennedy and Garbus also directed and produced The Changing Face of Beauty, a film that examines our cultural myths and standards of beauty (Lifetime Television, March 2000), All Kinds of Families, a film about alternative families (Lifetime Television, February 2001), Healthy Start, a film about the state of pre-natal healthcare in America (Lifetime Television, January 2001), and Speak Truth to Power, a series of PSAs highlighting the accomplishments of several human rights activists (Court TV, October 2001). Kennedy also produced Juvies, a documentary about juvenile justice (A&E), and The Travelers, which follows a group of disenfranchised young adults as they hop freight trains across the country (MTV).

Before launching Moxie Firecracker Films, Kennedy served as the Executive Director of MayDay Media, the non-profit production and distribution division of Video/Action Fund. While at MayDay, Kennedy developed, produced and wrote social issue video projects, including the award-winning Fire In Our House, a documentary video and outreach campaign about needle exchange programs and AIDS prevention in the U.S. Fire in Our House won awards including the CINE Golden Eagle, the top prize at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, and the Silver Apple for the National Education Media Network. In addition to Fire in Our House, Kennedy directed, produced and wrote Women of Substance, a documentary about the many problems facing pregnant and parenting drug addicts seeking treatment. The film was broadcast on PBS stations nation-wide, including WNET-New York and WETA-Washington, DC, and won the Gold Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award, the Gold CINDY Award, and First Place at the NCFR Media Awards Competition. Kennedy was also the Education Outreach Director at Video/Action Fund, and used the videos she produced in unique grassroots distribution and awareness campaigns.

Public Speaking and Social Activism
Rory Kennedy is on the Board of Directors for a number of non-profit organizations including The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, The Legal Action Center and the Project Return Foundation. She served as Chairperson of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation Associate Trustees Program from 1993-1995 and has served as a member of the Board of the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation since 1999. She initiated and helped develop the Teacher Transfer Program between the U.S. and Namibia in the fall of 1990 after her work there at the Dobra Resettlement Camp. Kennedy was a member of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Human Rights delegations during human rights trips to the following countries: South Africa (1996); South Korea (1989); Japan (1989); South Africa (1989); El Salvador (1988); and Poland (1987).

Kennedy maintains an active speaking schedule and recently has been the keynote speaker for various lecture series, university events and community organization functions including: The Wittenburg Lecture Series, The Museum of National Art, New Jersey's Women's Crisis Services, Dayton Museum of Art, Sisters of Charity Hospital in Maine, University of San Diego and the University of Pennsylvania. She was also the principle speaker for the Women of Substance Education Outreach Campaign (1992-1994) and the Fire in Our House Outreach Campaign (1995-1996); surrogate speaker for Bill Clinton's Presidential Campaign in Pennsylvania and New York in 1992; speaker at the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards in Washington, DC (1986-1997), the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Delegation trips (1987-1996), and the United Farm Workers Union in New England (1988).

Kennedy has also spoken on a number of film-related events, including panels and seminars at the Sundance Film Festival, the Doubletake Film Festival, the Museum of Television and Radio and has served as a judge for the DocFest documentary film festival in New York.

Kennedy's work has been featured in numerous national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times and she has appeared on numerous talk, news and radio programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Rosie O'Donell, The Charlie Rose Show, The Today Show, CNN and NPR.

During the summer of 1990, Kennedy served as assistant to Bella Abzug at the Women's Foreign Policy Council. During the summer of 1989, she was Coordinator for the U.S. Congressional and Business Delegation and a reporter for the Church Information Monitoring Service covering "Free and Fair" elections in Namibia. She graduated from Brown University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies. Rory was born 6 months after her father's assassination. 

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