'Love, Kennedy' movie about late West Haven teen comes to local theaters June 2

Monday , May 15, 2017 - 5:00 AM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated where Kennedy Hansen lived. She was from West Haven. The Standard-Examiner regrets the error. 

WEST HAVEN — “Love, Kennedy,” a film depicting the life of Kennedy Hansen, a late West Haven teen who inspired many as she lived with rare, fatal Juvenile Batten Disease, is set to be released June 2 in a limited number of cities.

The film is the newest to be produced by director T.C. Christensen, a Utah filmmaker known for his series of real-life miracle stories including “17 Miracles” in 2011 and “The Cokeville Miracle” in 2015.

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Kennedy’s father, Jason Hansen, said Christensen closely followed the family’s Facebook posts and his journal entries when writing the movie. The production was filmed at Fremont High School and other actual locations where Kennedy lived and visited.

“Love, Kennedy” is the story of what many who knew the 16-year-old who died three years ago believe was her miraculous life, Hansen said.

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“The film not only tells what happened but uses the actual words of what happened,” Hansen said. “T.C. is interested in Kennedy’s agenda and her agenda is to share the love with the world.”

In Northern Utah, the film will be shown in Ogden, Brigham City, Centerville, Farmington and Logan, according to information released by movie promoters.

The movie is also scheduled to play in American Fork, Cedar City, Lehi, Orem, Payson, Provo, Saint George, Sandy, South Jordan, Vineyard and West Jordan. Those who want to request the film come to their city can do so at bit.ly/Love-Kennedy-Request-It.

The names of individual theaters hosting the film soon will be released, according to press information.

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In addition to the movie trailer, promoters are releasing a music video by Utah artist Jenny Oaks Baker, a Salt Lake City resident and Grammy-nominated classical violinist, to generate interest in the movie.

The song on the video, “Awake” comes from her new CD “Awaken.”

You can reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook at facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis.

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