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The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot

They were the picture of perfection. But was it just a picture?

Over forty years ago one extraordinary American family moved into the most famous house in the world and changed the nature of the Presidency forever. With glamorous Hollywood good looks and two camera-friendly children, the Kennedys helped usher in a youth culture that affected every aspect of American life.

From behind closed doors in the White House to intimate family vacations, photography and television took the American public behind the scenes of its most regal. Photography went from a medium that documented to a medium that sold – sold magazines and myths alike. For a country gripped with a fear of Communism and on the verge of a race war, the perfectly eye-pleasing Kennedys comforted America while exciting and inspiring Europe and beyond.


Producer / Writer
Tracey Barry
Jeff Gilbert
Executive Producers
Hilary Sio
Peter Schnall
Peter Davidson
Supervising Producer
Hilary Sio

Associate Producer
Riva Marker
Coordinating Producer
Tina Ver
Scott Carrithers
Phillip Hunt
Mark Petersson
Michael Timney
Brett Wiley
Orginal Music
Anton Sanko
Sound Recordist
Tracey Barry
Graphics Designer
GM Auleta
Assistant Editor
Scott Greenhaw
On-Line Editor
Travis Antolik
Sound Mixer
Matt Haasch
Post Production Facilities
Caterini Studios
Production Accountant
Brian Minahan
Production Assistants
Liz Hottel
Jacqui Wilkinson
Georgina Crawford
Special Thanks
Woodfin Camp
James Hill
Jim Cedrone
Cecil Stoughton
Hugh Sidey
Thomasina Lowe
Letitia Baldrige
Dan Green
Mindy Kanaskie
Deb Krahulec
Rob Bagshaw
The New York Times
"Imbued with youthful energy and blessed with the kind of photogenic good looks that endeared them to millions, the youth culture that followed in the wake of the Kennedys helped usher in a new era of change and hope. In time, though, the nation would learn that all was not well beneath the glossy surface of these picturesque images, and in this release filmmakers attempt to shine an illuminating light on the real-life trials of the family who changed the face of a nation. "