Saturday, September 27, 2008

New JFK Film to be Released; Focus on Hyannisport and Family Life

"I always go to Hyannisport to be revived, to know again the power of the sea and the Master who rules over it and all of us."— John F. Kennedy

In the summers of 1961-63 John F. Kennedy enjoyed spending time at what was known as the "family compound" of the Kennedys in Hyannisport. Now a new film will bring back those summers. Entitled "At the Center of the World; Hyannisport and the Presidency of John F. Kennedy" the film will feature rarely seen footage obtained from the Kennedy Library and it will include the memories of Hyannisport residents who came to know the president during his often informal jaunts around town. Everyone living on the Cape in the early 1960s remembers the young and vigorous man who captivated the American public as president. John Kennedy could be at ease with heads of state as well as ordinary citizens. As his brother, Senator Ted Kennedy, recalls, “He was a charmer and loved to mingle with people at all levels. He was agreeable, affable, warm and welcoming.”
Ed Semprini a journalist at the time recalled the president asking permission to play through Semprini's foursome at the Hyannisport Golf Club : “He was very courteous and asked if we would join him on the next hole. We told him it would be a great honor. There were a lot of people watching and I stood on that tee and said to myself, I don’t care where you hit the ball, for goodness sake, just hit it. And I did, sending it just short of the green. We let the president putt out and go ahead of us. It was a wonderful memory.”
While its primary focus will be on the family life of JFK it will also refer to the major events of the Kennedy administration. Unlike many other films on JFK, "Hyannis Port" captures "more of Kennedy as a person and a family man through the stories these folks tell," says producer-writer-director Andrew Fone of Centerville. "What struck me most was the emotion people recall even though it was 45 years ago." The film will make its debut on October 3 at the Hyannisport Club. Copies of the film will be available on DVD after October 3. For more information see the website of the JFK Hyannisport Museum :



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