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Kelly Candaele is a writer, filmmaker, teacher and elected official in Los Angeles. For the past ten years Mr. Candaele has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Nation magazine and other national publications. He traveled to Ireland three times with President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s attempts to push the peace process forward. His journalistic work has focused primarily on the continuing peace process in Northern Ireland, Los Angeles political developments, history and culture. In addition to Northern Ireland he has worked as a journalist in Great Britain, Brazil, Sweden, Cuba, Spain and Vietnam. Mr. Candaele has lectured at Hebrew University in Jerusalem about the peace process in Northern Ireland, and has taught politics and writing at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Chico.
Mr. Candaele has produced and directed a number of documentary films. His documentary film A League of Their Own, about his mother’s years as a professional baseball player in the 1940s, was awarded an Area Emmy as part of a public television series. He wrote the story for the Columbia Pictures feature film about the women’s league which stared Tom Hanks and Madonna. He takes no responsibility for Madonna’s acting ability. He also produced and wrote an award-winning documentary on the life of assassinated Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. Mr. Candaele’s most recent documentary explores the aftermath of the Northern Ireland peace agreement of 1998. The film is titled ‘When Hope & History Rhymed,’ from the poem by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.