As you've no doubt heard, Ted Sorensen passed away over the weekend. Sorensen was, among other things, a speech writer for President Kennedy, and part of the team that negotiated an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis, which makes him the only person I've ever met who has actually saved the world.
In 2007, I had the good fortune to mentor three high school students as they produced a documentary portrait of Mr. Sorensen. The result was Through Words, a short film that tells Mr. Sorensen's story in his own words, gives an insider's view of one of the most terrifying periods in American history, and makes a convincing argument for the power of language in diplomacy. The film is all the more remarkable for having been produced and directed by three high school students, and I can think of no greater tribute to its subject than to include the film here.
Through Words was produced in the Unscripted program, a documentary filmmaking class at the Jacob Burns Film Center's Media Arts Lab. Thanks to filmmakers Kelly Simpson, Sam Pasternack, and Stephanie Edlund for allowing us to post the film.