The Eye of the Storm tells the story of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy through the eyes of five photojournalists, four of whom were in the room when he was shot. The other was still in the Embassy Ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles where Bobby had just finished giving his victory speech for his win in the California Primary for President, a win that would probably take him to the White House.
Only these five photojournalists will tell the story of that night; we will experience an inherently dramatic event as it unfolds moment by moment. These five men will not only tell their personal stories as human beings but they will speak directly of that experience through being a photojournalist. Bobby was a man they had come to love and once he was shot, they had to bury their grief to perform the task at hand and chronicle a national tragedy. They had originally gone to the hotel to document a celebration but they had to use their skills instead to document one of the worst tragedies in American history.
The documentary will end when Bobby’s death was announced at 1:44am the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.
The five photographers include:
Bill Eppridge of Life Magazine
Boris Yaro of The Los Angeles Times
Ron Bennett of UPI
David Kennerly of UPI
Richard Drew of the Pasadena Star News
Many of their photographs live on as icons of American History.