Alexandra Kerry

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Alexandra Kerry
BornAlexandra Forbes Kerry
(1973-09-05) September 5, 1973 (age 40)
Concord, Massachusetts
EducationB.A., M.F.A
Alma materMilton Academy
Brown University
AFI Conservatory
OccupationFilm director and producer
ParentsJohn Forbes Kerry
Julia Stimson Thorne
Relatives
 
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Alexandra Kerry
BornAlexandra Forbes Kerry
(1973-09-05) September 5, 1973 (age 40)
Concord, Massachusetts
EducationB.A., M.F.A
Alma materMilton Academy
Brown University
AFI Conservatory
OccupationFilm director and producer
ParentsJohn Forbes Kerry
Julia Stimson Thorne
Relatives

Alexandra Forbes Kerry (born September 5, 1973) is an American film director and producer. She is a partner at Locomotive Films and co-founder of Fictional Pictures, a film production company based in New York and Los Angeles.[1][2] She is the elder daughter of the 68th and current United States Secretary of State John Kerry and American writer Julia Thorne. Alexandra's sister is Dr. Vanessa Kerry.

Early life and education[edit]

Alexandra Forbes Kerry was born in Concord, Massachusetts. She is the first of two daughters of Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry and the late Julia Stimson Thorne, who passed in 2006 of transitional cell carcinoma.

Kerry graduated from the Milton Academy and then attended Brown University where she studied anthropology and modern culture and media. In 2004 she graduated with an MFA in directing from the AFI Conservatory's two-year masters filmmaker program.[3]

Career[edit]

Acting and filmmaking[edit]

Kerry's short film The Last Full Measure premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and earned her top honors at the Austin Film Festival.[4] The film also earned her the "Director of the Year" award from American Film Institute. The film was in collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She is a co-producer of the 2008 documentary film Be Like Others.[1] Kerry has also had several roles in television and in film. She has appeared in two David Mamet films, State and Main in 2000 and Spartan (film) in 2004.[3]

As a television director, she has directed the commercial, including the pilot and first season of MTV's The Hills[5] - and the pilot for the 2002 film The Forest (2002 film). She has also co-produced several documentaries including the award winning Be Like Others for HBO, and has won two Silver Tellies for producing and directing on an online ad campaign for Allstate Insurance.

Locomotive[edit]

In 2011, Kerry joined Locomotive, a New York-based independent film production and financing company. Lucy Barzun Donnelly founded Locomotive in 2007 and her producing credits include Pieces of April, Grey Gardens (2009 film), Friends With Kids, A Bag of Hammers, That's What She Said (film) and The Go-Getter (film).

Locomotive's film, Grey Gardens (2009 film) is a drama based on the life of Edith Bouvier Beale, made famous by the Albert and David Maysles documentary of the same name. The film stars Jessica Lange, who won an Emmy for her performance and Drew Barrymore, who won a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Little Edie. Released on HBO in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim, Grey Gardens (2009 film) won two Golden Globes, six Emmys and Critics' Choice, SAG and Producers Guild awards.

In 2011 Locomotive produced Friends With Kids, alongside writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein, Ira & Abby) and Jon Hamm's Points West. Friends With Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes.

Political activity[edit]

After completing her graduate studies at the American Film Institute, Kerry joined her sister Vanessa on the campaign trail, speaking as a surrogate for her father's 2004 presidential bid. She made a well-known and praised speech, humanizing and introducing her father at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.[6]

She also appeared alongside former Vice President Al Gore, during a campaign stop in Hawaii,[7] and was later photographed celebrating her 30th birthday aboard a campaign plane with her family.[8] Many of Kerry's speeches touched on issues that effected women her age and a younger demographic, preferring to make campaign stops at university campuses.

Kerry appeared in print, being interviewed by Ben Affleck for the September 2004 issue of Harper's Bazaar,[9] as well as Vogue, USA today and a number of other magazines. She also appeared on the MTV Music Video Awards in Miami where she joined George W. Bush's daughters Barbara and Jenna to encourage voting[10][11] and Larry King Live three times.[12]

In September 2008, she published her first book titled Notes from the Trail: Presidential Politics from the Inside Out. The memoir and art book featured photographs from the campaign trail taken by Kerry, as well as CJ Gunther, Hector Mata and Dina Rudick,[13] and highlighted her experiences with the political process of elections. Publisher's Weekly called the memoir "Kerry-sensitive, thoughtful, and observant" and that "one of the book's unique charms is an intimate look at a political campaign through the eyes of an artist."[14]

Kerry joined her father on the campaign trail for Barack Obama's successful 2008 presidential campaign.[13] In 2012, Kerry founded Ad Your Voice, a super PAC that allowed voters to create their own political ads in favor of President Barack Obama's re-election effort, with environmental journalist Amanda Griscom Little.[15][16]

Kerry is currently a board member of the National Parks Conservation Association and a supporter of the American Ballet Theater.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Be Like OthersCo-producer
State and MainTelevision Director
2004The Last Full MeasureDirector, WriterWon — Best Short Award - St. Louis International Film Festival
Won — Best Student Short Film Award - Austin Film Festival
2004SpartanBartender
2002The ForestDirectorPilot/Commercial

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006The HillsDirectorSeason 1 Pilot/Commercial
2003Mister SterlingKaren7 Episodes

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