Bobby Kennedy III lands $300k for movie on Hunter S. Thompson in Colorado

Posted at 4:17 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 18:17:46-05

ASPEN, Colo. -- A legendary Colorado writer, and one-time politician, will be played on the big screen after Bobby Kennedy III took to the Colorado Economic Development Commission to win a $300,000 rebate to help fund his directorial debut film.

According to the Denver Post, Kennedy had a private meeting on Thursday to pitch his movie "Freak Power," which will portray Hunter S. Thompson's run for Pitkin County Sheriff in 1970.

Kennedy spoke to the Post after his Thursday meeting, saying he has been making plans with Anita Thompson to film the movie at Owl Farm, along with using quotes from some of Thompson's letters. 

Although the campaign took place heavily in Aspen, the movie will be shot in and around Colorado, as Thompson said he wouldn't shoot it elsewhere, saying it would kill the energy of the piece. 

The movie is budgeted for $1.85 million, according to the Post. Filming, Kennedy hopes, will begin in June with a cast and crew of just under 200. 

Kennedy's hopes are distributing the movie on digital platforms, such as Netflix. 


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