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Kevin Rafferty
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Born (1947-05-25)May 25, 1947
Died July 2, 2020(2020-07-02) (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Cinematographer
Film director
Film producer
Known for Documentary films

Kevin Gelshenen Rafferty II (May 25, 1947 – July 2, 2020) was an American documentary film cinematographer, director, and producer, best known for his 1982 documentary The Atomic Cafe.


Rafferty was born in Boston on May 25, 1947. He studied architecture at Harvard and film at the California Institute of the Arts. He helped teach the craft of filmmaking to Michael Moore during the production of Roger & Me in 1989, and Moore has acknowledged Rafferty's influence on his own filmmaking. Rafferty teamed up with his brother Pierce and Jayne Loader to produce the cult classic documentary film The Atomic Cafe. He was the director, producer, editor and cinematographer of many documentary projects, including Blood in the Face, The War Room, Feed, and The Last Cigarette. His last project was Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.

Rafferty was a nephew of Barbara Bush, and a cousin of George W. Bush.

Rafferty died from cancer at his home in Manhattan on July 2, 2020, at age 73.


As director or producer

  • Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008)
  • Who Wants to Be President? (2000)
  • The Last Cigarette (1999/I)
  • Feed (1992)
  • Blood in the Face (1991)
  • Radio Bikini (1988)
  • The Atomic Cafe (1982)
  • Hurry Tomorrow (1975)

As cinematographer

  • Good Money (1996)
  • The War Room (1993)
  • Roger & Me (1989)

As himself

  • Manufacturing Dissent (2007)
  • SexTV (2003) (TV)
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