A slow snow day in Washington DC. Filmmaker Bryan Hagar shooting on a Sony Fs5. Editing and color correction in Avid. Music: Snow Flurries by Alexander E. Varlamov. Peter Breiner and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
The story of The Danish JFK Guys, Caspar Phillipson and Anders Agner Pedersen, who are bringing new life to the historical speeches of John F. Kennedy, one of America’s most eloquent and popular US presidents.
When respected Danish author and political commentator Anders Agner Pedersen was invited to the Copenhagen premiere of the three-time Academy Award nominated film “Jackie”, he was introduced to Danish actor Caspar Phillipson, who played the young American president John F. Kennedy.
Anders was struck by the uncanny resemblance actor Phillipson has to the former president. Caspar, in preparation for his role, had immersed himself into the 35th president’s writing and speeches and was quick to strike up a conversation with Anders, the author of five books, all written in Danish, about the Kennedy family, the famous brothers, and the speeches of JFK. The two hit it off immediately and a great idea was born; to have Caspar re-enact Kennedy’s greatest speeches for live audiences.
The response has been tremendous as the Danish Kennedy Guys are bringing new life to the meaningful words of one of America’s most eloquent and popular US presidents.
At a recent presentation of the Kennedy speeches at Martins Tavern in Washington DC, where a young Jack Kennedy proposed to future first lady Jackie Bouvier, the Washington Post wrote:
“They chose the speeches because of their historic significance, but also because of their resonance in the current rancorous political climate. Here is Phillipson as Kennedy, in his famous “peace” speech, talking about distrust between Americans and Russians. Here is Phillipson as Kennedy, in the speech he was due to give on the day he died, desperately hoping that “fewer people will listen to nonsense.”
— Washington Post, March 8, 2017
Who would have thought it would take “The Danish JFK Guys” to re-introduce the world to these powerful speeches and the idea that maybe, just maybe, we can all work together to make this world a better place to live.