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Bill Paxton To Narrate New National Geographic Channel Documentary JFK: THE FINAL HOURS, Retracing Final Day of President John F. Kennedy's Life Through First-Hand Accounts from Those Who Were There
Two-Hour Documentary Premieres Friday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT in Advance of the National Geographic Channel Global Television Event KILLING KENNEDY
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Few events have been more scrutinized than the minutes and hours following the fatal bullets fired by Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been analyzed repeatedly from every angle and every perspective, but this leaves us with no real insight into his humanity. JFK: The Final Hours, narrated by Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bill Paxton ("2 Guns," "Edge of Tomorrow," "Hatfield & McCoys") and premiering Friday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, takes both in-depth and birds-eye views of the final day of Kennedy's life through first-hand accounts from people who were among the last to interact with him, oblivious at the time to their truly remarkable brush with history, along with the everyday objects whose connection to the event transformed them into priceless artifacts. The film will also premiere on the National Geographic Channel internationally in 171 countries and 48 languages.
In an interview following the assassination, Jackie Kennedy said "Now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man." JFK: The Final Hours will recast the fallen president as the man he was by revealing the intimate moments he shared with friends and strangers in his final hours. Paxton was among those who encountered Kennedy shortly before his death as a member of the crowd in the parking lot of Fort Worth's Hotel Texas where Kennedy gave one of his last public speeches just three hours before his death.
"I was eight years old that day, and I remember thinking it was like seeing a movie star," says Paxton. "There stood a man at the peak of his life and his career, but little did he or any of us know that in three hours he would be murdered in cold blood."
Among the others interviewed for the documentary that had a first row seat for history:
To help in bringing this last day to life, the creative team behind JFK: The Final Hours has also restored an extraordinary color film, shot by a professional White House film crew that documented the Kennedy's movements during that day – all the way to Dealey Plaza. By stripping off the original, now unusable audio, and converting the footage to high definition, this restored film is a haunting, immersive experience, taking viewers where they have never gone before.
"We've gone to incredible lengths to build a kind of time machine, to take people back to the fall of 1963, and the last day of John Kennedy's life. This "core sample" of small details illuminate the man behind the legend."" said Erik Nelson, the film's writer and director. "This journey also reminds us of what we lost that day – both a President, and a kind of innocence. "
It's not just the people and images that tell this story: the assassination turned everyday objects from ordinary to extraordinary:
JFK: The Final Hours will air two days before National Geographic Channel's Sunday, November 10 world premiere television event Killing Kennedy. Produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the best-selling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, the film stars Rob Lowe (John F. Kennedy), Will Rothhaar (Lee Harvey Oswald), with Michelle Trachtenberg (Marina Oswald) and Ginnifer Goodwin (Jacqueline Kennedy), and charts the highs and lows of two men, and two relationships, that would eventually intersect with not one but two shocking deaths that stunned a nation. Both film premieres are timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.
JFK: The Final Hours is written and directed by Erik Nelson, produced by Robert Erickson and executive produced by Dave Harding for Creative Differences. Original music is composed and performed by Richard Thompson. For National Geographic Channels, Kathleen Cromley is the executive producer and Charlie Parsons is the VP of development and production.
National Geographic Channel
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 48 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.
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