Ashton Gleckman Developing John F. Kennedy Docuseries

A new John F Kennedy docuseries is on the path of an acclaimed young documentary filmmaker and composer Ashton Gleckman, by appointment. Gleckman, who previously wrote, directed and directed the music of the critically acclaimed Holocaust documentary We won’t die nowhas teamed up with RadicalMedia to bring the story of the 35th President to a new generation of viewers Kennedy, which traces the early life of the titular politician, his time at war, his path into politics and his presidency until his assassination. The series is working toward a 2023 release, in time for the 60th anniversary of his death, but has yet to find a home on a streamer or network.


kennedy will feature archival footage, photographs and audio recordings that have never been made available to the public. Gleckman worked to create a comprehensive portrait of the President, granted extensive access to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and conducted over 100 interviews. He also serves in various production roles, writing, directing, producing, editing and providing voice overs for the series.

Gleckman’s Black Bird Pictures banner will be produced alongside RadicalMedia. kennedy will be the latest in a series of works on past presidents to come from RadicalMedia. They were previously attached Ronald Chernow‘s Grant who premiered in History back in 2020 and are currently working on two documentaries to be produced by the President’s historian Doris KearnsLincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. They teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way productions for the latter, both slated to appear in A+E alongside another presidential project FDR.

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Appropriately, the particularly young Gleckman takes on the life of the youngest President ever. At 22, Gleckman has already achieved a lot in his film career and directed his first feature film back in 2016 Darkness and create the short film before that nevermore in 2015. We won’t die now however, put the young creative on the map and garnered praise on the festival circuit. In the same year he also directed Music of the Lord of the Ringsa documentary on Howard Shore’s techniques and impact Lord of the rings scores. Since then he has released another feature The hills I call home.

CEO of Radical Media and kennedy executive producer Jon Kamen highly praised Gleckman and the idea, saying in a statement:

Ashton is a truly remarkable talent and we are delighted that he has chosen us as his partners to bring this all-important series to life. Our common goal for this special series is to find the right home where we can reach the widest possible audience to reflect on Kennedy’s core values, leadership style, and love of civic duty—especially for a new generation who sorely miss role models in politics place today.

Gleckman also spoke about finding a perfect partner to work with on the documentary, adding:

RadicalMedia is behind some of my favorite documentaries of all time. Out of fog of war to summer of the soul, these films have directly influenced my cinematic approach and style from the beginning of my career. From the moment I first met Jon Kamen and Dave Sirulnick, it was clear – these are producers who not only strive to make the best films possible but, more importantly, care deeply about the stories they tell and about the people with whom they tell them. I am overjoyed to have found my home at Radical for this project and many others to come.

kennedy will be released sometime in 2023. In the meantime, check out the trailer for Gleckman’s We won’t die now under. Ashton Gleckman Developing John F. Kennedy Docuseries

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