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Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune -- From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the scandals of Watergate, protest singer Phil Ochs wrote songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s. In this biographical documentary, veteran director Kenneth Bowser shows how Phil's fascinating life story and music were intertwined with the history-making events that defined a generation.
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5 January 2011 (USA) See more »
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From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The political is personal + The portrait of a tortured artist. See more (11 total) »

Cast

 

Joan Baez ... Herself
Jello Biafra ... Himself

Billy Bragg ... Himself
François De Menil ... Himself
Deni Frand ... Herself

Arthur Gorson ... Himself
Tom Hayden ... Himself

Judy Henske ... Herself - Interviewee

Christopher Hitchens ... Himself
Abbie Hoffman ... Himself (archive footage)
Jac Holzman ... Himself - Record Executive
Paul Krassner ... Himself
Larry Marks ... Himself
Lincoln Mayorga ... Himself
Jerry Moss ... Himself
Jack Newfield ... Himself (archive footage)
Alice Ochs ... Herself
Meegan Lee Ochs ... Herself (as Meegan Ochs)

Michael Ochs ... Himself - Brother
Phil Ochs ... Himself (archive footage)

Van Dyke Parks ... Himself

Sean Penn ... Himself - Interviewee
Jerry Rubin ... Himself (archive footage)
Ed Sanders ... Himself

Pete Seeger ... Himself
Larry 'Ratso' Sloman ... Himself
Lucian Truscott IV ... Himself
Dave Van Ronk ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Yarrow ... Himself

Directed by
Kenneth Bowser 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Bowser 

Produced by
Elliot Abbott .... executive producer
Kenneth Bowser .... producer
Sean Campbell .... post producer
Michael Cohl .... producer
Michael Farrell .... co-producer
Zev Greenfield .... associate producer
Brian MacDonald .... assistant producer
Riva Marker .... associate producer
Brian McDonald .... co-producer
Lizzy McGlynn .... co-producer
Michael Ochs .... producer
Sage Scully .... co-producer
Katie N. Young .... associate producer (as Katie Ehrman)
 
Cinematography by
Jarred Alterman 
Jefferson Miller 
 
Film Editing by
Pamela Scott Arnold 
 
Art Department
Scott Kawczynski .... art director: graphics
Scott Kawczynski .... titles art direction and design
 
Sound Department
Paul Rusnak .... sound
Bob Schuck .... sound
Jose Smith .... sound
Tami Stepanek .... sound
Donny Tam .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinny Aliberto .... additional camera
Jarred Alterman .... camera operator
Nick August-Perna .... camera operator
Emily Bonilla .... additional camera
Jacob Cohl .... camera operator
Zach Driscoll .... additional camera (as Zack Driscoll)
Zev Greenfield .... camera operator
Robert Humphreys .... camera operator
Tom Kaufman .... camera operator
Jefferson Miller .... camera operator
Petr Stepanek .... additional camera
 
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Will Fleisher .... assistant editor
Jesse Gordon .... on-line editor
Katie Hinsen .... digital intermediate editor
Randy Little .... colorist
Stephen Vittoria .... editor: Theatrical Trailer
Ian B. Wile .... additional editor
 
Other crew
Erek Barsczewski .... researcher
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... researcher
Richard Sullivan .... researcher
 

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96 min
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The footage of Phil Ochs singing on TV with John Byner is from the musical series Byner hosted called "Something Else" (1970).See more »
Soundtrack:
We Seek No Wider WarSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The political is personal + The portrait of a tortured artist., 5 March 2011
Author: Villamondo from United States

This movie was a stunning and stirring tribute to two things: 1)The beloved (and neglected) musician, Phil Ochs, and 2)The oft- tributed 1960's. Weaving the topical songwriter's biography through the fascinating history of his time helps to make sense of the indelible stamp which that decade left on our souls. Appropriately, it doesn't end well, but it does capture that "we can change the world" empowerment that may presently and forever be rekindled.

Here you will find beautiful music(but seldom the whole song) and filmed insights into the early Greenwich Village folk scene, the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention, the assassination of the Kennedy's, and as Phil embraced the world-at-large, the CIA-backed coup that helped install South American dictator, Pinochet. Here is understanding for that phrase, "the personal is political and the political is personal."

The real power-punch is that once you know his songs.. The themes are regrettably still relevant after 40+ years ! Sample these lyrics (from 1965), "We own half the world, Oh Say Can You See. And the name for our profits is democracy. So like it or not you will have to be free. Cause we're the cops of the world." Well, one update is necessary.. Because of those imperialistic policies we no longer own half the world.

If only Phil were with us now I have no doubt he could have similarly and poetically explained the financial collapse, the tea party, Citizens United, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Wisconsin attack on unions. His manic-depressive curse was to perceive the world through a deeply felt lens of social justice which filtered out media distortion and political complexities and distilled the truth into a tune you could hum. Many "protest singers" of the time attempted this but nobody did it better.

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