Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune [DVD] [2010]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Photo gallery
  • Director biography

Synopsis

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune
Documentary filmmaker Kenneth Bowser profiles American folk singer Phil Ochs, who rose to fame in the 1960s and whose hopeful, incisive ballads were written to inspire positive change in an era of profound social turbulence. Equally critical of the left and the right -- not to mention the politically apathetic -- Ochs penned countless songs and released seven albums, ultimately growing a sizable following thanks to his positive message and talent for songwriting. In 1976, following the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and in the wake of the tragedy at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Ochs was so overcome with hopelessness that he turned to alcohol and ultimately committed suicide. He was just 35 years old. Though the FBI would later admit to singling Ochs out as a traitor for questioning American policy during wartime, this film aims to offer a comprehensive overview of a deeply complex artist through archival footage and interviews with such outspoken fans as Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Sean Penn. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Tom Hayden
  • Joan Baez
    Joan Baez
  • Pete Seeger
    Pete Seeger
  • Peter Yarrow
    Peter Yarrow
  • Sean Penn
    Sean Penn
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