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Bobby Kennedy III lands $300K to shoot Hunter S. Thompson movie in Colorado

“Freak Power” will trace the true story of Thompson’s third-party run for Pitkin County Sheriff

JOHN WENZEL, The Denver Post
Self-proclaimed Gonzo journalist HUNTER S. THOMPSON is pictured in his Woody Creek home near Aspen, Colorado in February 1997.
Helen Davis/The Denver Post

Bobby Kennedy III charmed Colorado’s Economic Development Commission in a private meeting on Thursday enough to win $300,000 in rebates for “Freak Power,” his movie about Hunter S. Thompson that will be filmed next summer in Colorado.

The 32-year-old, who lives equally in Aspen and Los Angeles, is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and the son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. As his directorial debut, “Freak Power” will trace the true story of Thompson’s run to be elected Pitkin County Sheriff in 1970.

“We’ve been talking to Anita (Thompson’s widow) about filming it at Owl Farm, and we have a sort of agreement with the estate for the rights to certain quotes from his letters,” Kennedy told The Denver Post after the meeting.

The film will be shot mostly outside of Aspen, since much of the town has changed significantly since the early 1970s. Kennedy and his producers are looking at nearly two-dozen Colorado towns as stand-ins, including Silverton, Durango, Leadville, Gunnison, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Georgetown and locations in Summit County.

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