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Bobby Brings Daughter Kick Into the Spotlight

Bobby Kennedy Jr. with daughter Kick

RFK Jr. and daughter Kick. Her friend Zander sits between them.

BOBBY AND KICK KENNEDY APPEAR ON “MORNING JOE”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his eldest daughter Kathleen (”Kick”) stopped by “Morning Joe” recently to talk about Kennedy’s new IMAX 3-D film, Grand Canyon Adventure.

The film, narrated by Robert Redford, with a soundtrack by the Dave Matthews Band, features Bobby and his daughter Kick going on a whitewater rafting adventure down the Colorado River. The film opens across the country on March 20 in IMAX theatres.

Kennedy hopes it will help to raise awareness of his decades-long fight to save the nation’s waterways and conserve this most precious natural rescource.

Kick Kennedy, a granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and Stanford University student, has kept a fairly low profile until now. This new film marks her cinematic debut, bringing her into the public eye for the first time. She seems totally confident and at ease appearing beside her father in media appearances to promote Grand Canyon Adventure.

As you’ll see in the interview, she is lovely young woman brimming with charm and good humor – we look forward to hearing much more from her in the future.

In case you missed the live broadcast last week, here’s the video of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” interview from March 12. The segment is about 10 minutes long. Click the link below to watch it on GoLeft.tv:

WATCH THE VIDEO OF RFK JR. AND KICK KENNEDY HERE

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RFK Jr. IMAX Film Opens At SXSW Festival

NEW RFK JR. FILM, “GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE” OPENS AT AUSTIN’S SXSW FESTIVAL

Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk

Opens March 14 at Austin’s only IMAX Theatre, located inside the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Call (512) 936-4649 to reserve your tickets.
Click HERE for IMAX Theatre showtimes.

There is no late seating in the IMAX® Theatre.  Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled show time.

Grand Canyon Adventure 3D poster.Set against the immense backdrop of a natural treasure, Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk will take audiences on an exhilarating adventure down the Colorado River in the company of a team of explorers who are committed to bringing awareness to global water issues.

One of the world’s mightiest rivers, the Colorado, no longer reaches the sea. Every drop of river water is allocated to agriculture and populations along the way, many of whom don’t even realize their connection to the river.

Join the free family-friendly opening celebration on Saturday, March 15 from 1-4 pm, sponsored by 3M. You can see a large scale “erosion station,” build your own water cycle generator, learn about water conservation from folks at the Texas Water Development Board, and even hop in a boat for a great photo op!

Narrated by Robert Redford, the river journey is a compelling and emotional personal story for the film’s main characters, two fathers and their 18-year old daughters who soon will be leaving home to make their own way.

The cinematic guides include the renowned Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a leading advocate for water conservation and river restoration, and his daughter Kick.

They are joined by Wade Davis, an ethno-botanist and author who has traveled the world studying other cultures, and his daughter Tara. Shana Watahomigie, who grew up at the Canyon’s edge with her Havasupai family, is their Grand Canyon guide.

As the expedition journeys down river, audiences will learn about the challenges and opportunities that exist for conserving and restoring watersheds. A MacGillivray Freeman Film that combines science and adventure with some of giant screen cinema’s most compelling imagery and locations, Grand Canyon Adventure 3D delivers a message of hope and inspiration.

Image from Grand Canyon Adventure 3D.This is MacGillivray Freeman’s first-ever 3D film for IMAX Theaters and will provide audiences with a unique experience. “A river trip is one of those amazing life events where you’re ripped out of your daily routine and inspired to see the world in new ways. With IMAX 3D images, we’re able to put the audience even more into the action and let them participate in every twist and turn,” says the film’s two-time Academy Award-nominated producer/director Greg MacGillivray.

A stirring score featuring songs and music from the Grammy Award-winning Dave Matthews Band sets the mood for this adventure that explores the spiritual, artistic and life-sustaining powers of water—and makes crystal clear that each of us must do our part to better manage this crucial resource for the future.

Image from Grand Canyon Adventure 3D.Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films and MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation in association with Waterkeeper Alliance and Museum Film Network, presented by Teva and supported by Kohler Co. The film is directed by Greg MacGillivray, produced by Greg MacGillivray, Mark Krenzien, and Shaun MacGillivray, and written by Jack Stephens and Stephen Judson. The score is co-composed by Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard and Steve Wood.

Check out the official website at www.grandcanyonadventurefilm.com

Grand Canyon Adventure 3D opens at the IMAX Theatre of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum March 14, 2008. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors/military/students (with college ID) and $5 for youths age 18 and under.

The IMAX Theatre is located in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum at 1800 N. Congress Avenue at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

 

Article and photos from TheStoryofTexas.com

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RFK Jr. at Forefront of Hollywood’s New Green

KENNEDY AT FOREFRONT OF HOLLYWOOD’S NEW GREEN
 
Alexandra Burroughs
Calgary Herald
Robert Kennedy Jr., ex-skier Karen Percy-Lowe, and celebrity Alec Baldwin arrive at the Waterkeeper's Conference
CREDIT: Jenelle Schneider, Calgary Herald
Robert Kennedy Jr., ex-skier Karen Percy-Lowe, and celebrity Alec Baldwin arrive at the Waterkeeper’s Conference
CREDIT: Canwest News Archive, Reuters
Vanity Fair’s first “green issue,” featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr., hit shelves in April 2006.

Spotlight

The Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational runs until tonight

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On a crisp Friday at Sunshine Village, celebrities are showing just how dedicated they are to the environment.

With little more to offer than their name, such famous faces as Kelsey Grammer, Alec Baldwin and Justin Trudeau awkwardly slip on snowshoes and cross-country skis to fly through an obstacle course for the benefit of the international press.

It’s not the most glamourous work. Actor-director Jason Priestley had a terribly unflattering wipeout on a toboggan and Margaret Trudeau smashed into crash pads at the bottom of the toboggan hill.

Still, these stars are risking humiliation to raise awareness of the environment and they’re willing to take that risk largely because of the work of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

This is the eighth straight year Kennedy has brought his star friends to Banff to raise money for the environment, but things are a little different this year. After years of work in environmental activism, Kennedy suddenly finds himself in the middle of a pop-culture phenomenon.

As the environmental movement has taken over Hollywood the past 18 months, Kennedy has been front and centre. He graced the cover of Vanity Fair’s first green edition with Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Al Gore; written about politics and the environment for Rolling Stone magazine and educated countless crowds of students, community leaders and celebrities. All this in addition to being president of Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization that fights to stop polluters.

“Bob has the deepest level of respect from everybody who works in the environmental movement in my country,” says actor Alec Baldwin, who has been coming to Kennedy’s three-day Waterkeeper fundraising event in Banff for six years. Baldwin compares Kennedy to his famous father.

“It’s tough to say this, but Bobby Kennedy is his father. That’s a very serious thing to say. In Bobby Jr. we have someone who has the greatest collision of tremendous ability and tremendous will.”

A celebrity by name, and lawyer by trade, Kennedy has spent a lifetime in the spotlight as one of 11 children of Ethel Skakel and U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while running for the U.S. presidency in 1968, when his son was just 14 years old.

Being the namesake to an icon of American culture means Kennedy’s name has preceded him his entire life. Some of his biggest successes have been due to his ability to translate that recognition into clout for environmental issues, which is fundamental to the success of his event in Banff every year.

“His family is so important to American politics,” says Priestley, who has supported Kennedy’s Waterkeeper effort in Banff for five years.

“He understands the power behind the Kennedy name and he uses that for the betterment of the American people. I respect him for that.”

Although he comes from America’s royal family, there’s a “man of the people” quality to Kennedy. With brothers, sisters and cousins in public office, he wasn’t elected or appointed to this place of responsibility.

Rather, he rose to the occasion through adversity. In 1983, at the age of 30, Kennedy was charged with heroin possession and sentenced to two years probation and nearly 1,000 hours of community service, which he chose to serve with Riverkeepers, an organization cleaning up the New York’s Hudson River.

The organization was so impressed with Kennedy’s work it hired him as the chief prosecuting attorney and an environmentalist was born. He went on to become the president of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

“He has a life-long commitment to environmental issues and I really admire that,” says actor-director Chad Lowe.

“As soon as you stand for something there’s going to be another side that’s going to take shots at you. I happen to be on his side and agree with him. I also respect the fact that he has the courage of his convictions. That’s something that’s rare these days.”

As more celebrities get behind the issues of global warming and pollution, it becomes increasingly clear that a leader like Kennedy, who can articulate the problem based on 20 years of work, can help harness the strength of celebrity for the environmental cause. Named one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Planet more than 10 years ago, his dedication to the cause offers credibility that no amount of celebrity can buy.

“Winston Churchill said if you keep hitting on the issue, talking about it and telling the truth, that ultimately the public will come around and we’re seeing that now,” says Kennedy.

“People are understanding that this is the most critical issue for our children. We’re really trying to build communities that provide our children with the same opportunities for dignity and enrichment and good health that our parents gave us.”

aburroughs@canwest.com

© The Calgary Herald 2008

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Bobby in Banff with Bond, Brinkley, Baldwin

CELEBRITIES HIT THE SLOPES TO RAISE MONEY FOR RFK JR.’S WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE

Hollywood stars are expected to be flocking to Banff for the annual Celebrity Sports Invitational at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

The event, staged from 17th – 20th January, is in support of Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s Waterkeeper Alliance and has raised millions of dollars for environmental protection.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, and former 007 Pierce Brosnan are amongst the confirmed guests heading for Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. (With James Bond on the slopes this year, one wonders if we will be treated to a classic Bond ski chase worthy of George Lazenby in 1969′s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service?)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

 

Nah, it’s Brosnan…expect something more like The World Is Not Enough.

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Waterkeeper Benefit/Celebrity SkiFest Airs on CBS Dec. 16

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

CELEBRITY SKIFEST TO BENEFIT KENNEDY’S WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE

Several members of the Kennedy family will gather in Park City, Utah this weekend as Deer Valley Resort kicks off its winter ski season with a celebrity ski race to benefit Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance.

The Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest takes place place December 8 and 9, and will be filmed by CBS for rebroadcast next weekend. The invitational ski event pairs former Olympic ski legends with television and film celebrities for a weekend of skiing, live music and fundraising for the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is an international coalition of citizen advocates who patrol and protect their local waterbodies, fighting for clean water and strong communities.

Some of the best-known legends of U.S. skiing will compete in the year’s event, including Steve Mahre, Tommy Moe and Deer Valley’s own Ambassador of Skiing Heidi Voelker.

Celebrities scheduled to attend at this time include: Buzz Aldrin, Kevin Costner, Tim Daly, Carlos Bernard, Larry David, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Rob Morrow, Scott Wolf, Kelsey Grammar, Sam Waterston, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chris Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Maxwell Kennedy, Rory Kennedy, Penelope Ann Miller, Matthew Modine, Mike Richter, Gloria Reuben and Patrick Warburton.

CBS Sports will once again broadcast a recap of the annual Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest, which is set to air Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. EST.

According to Variety, the Celebrity Skifest was created by Bob Horowitz, who now runs Juma Entertainment (NBC’s “The Singing Bee”). Juma is on board to produce the CBS special, with Horowitz as exec producer.

“Waterkeeper Alliance is an outstanding cause, and we are thankful to all the participants who donate their efforts, time and money for their benefit,” Horowitz said. 

While in town for the event, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will also give a speech at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Park City High School. He will speak at 5:30 p.m. on December 9th. (For more information, please see our “Upcoming Events” sidebar.)

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Kennedy Warns of Pollution Dangers From Poultry Farms

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

RFK JR. ORGANIZES POULTRY SUMMIT

The Waterkeeper Alliance, an international environmental group co-founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is organizing an “Eastern Shore Poultry Summit” Nov. 1 at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, MD, the Baltimore Sun reported today.

The point of the event is to raise awareness of water pollution that runs off large poultry farms, and try to find solutions, said William J. Gerlach, attorney for the eight-year-old advocacy organization.

Among the speakers at the day-long event will be Kennedy, a co-founder and chairman of the group; Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler; and Bill Satterfield, director of the Delmarva Poultry Institute, a farming trade organization.  “We’d like to start a dialogue among everybody – so we invited the Delmarva Poultry Institute, not just environmental activists,” said Gerlach.  ”Hopefully there will be good discusion and we will build from it.” 

Gerlach said he hopes to encourage Maryland  to issue factory-style water pollution control permits to large poultry farms, increase the enforcement of water pollution laws, and to allow public access to the nutrient management plans that farmers are supposed to follow.

The Sun reported on Oct. 14 that the poultry industry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore produces about a billion pounds of manure a year, and is a significant source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. But Maryland has been slower than other states, including neighboring Pennsylvania, in requiring factory-style pollution control permits for large poultry businesses. The state is now considering these permits, along with inspections by the state’s environmental enforcement agency and fines of up to $32,500 for allowing manure into streams. (Yes, you read that correctly) But farmers have complained that chicken houses don’t pollute like factories, and that family farms shouldn’t be burdened with excessive regulation.

The Poultry Summit is open to the public, and runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wicomico Civic Center. The cost is $25. The group held similar “Hog Summits” to address animal waste pollution in North Carolina, Iowa and Pennsylvania from 2002 to 2005. 

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