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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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Captures the Force of Historical Events on Individuals 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 »
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The Scorpion Departs But Never ReturnsSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Captures the Force of Historical Events on Individuals, 26 March 2011
Author: orrsisland from Boston

I went originally to see this documentary because I loved Ochs music - even played some of it badly at one time - but feared it might simply be a 'trip down memory lane'. But the film is so much more than a bio of Ochs and his music or - thank god - just an exercise in nostalgia. It really captured the power and significance of the historically altering events of the 60's - both for the country and for individuals. I wish everyone - especially young people - could see it. Ochs comments in the film that Nixon used the stereotype of a drugged out-of-control protester to present the masses with the false choice of himself or 'those'. Of course that strategy of fear and false political choices is not unique to Nixon - always existed and still does. Nonetheless,it still saddens and angers me that conservatives have succeeded so well in shaping the historical lens that most people see the 60's through now. Most people today simply think of drugs, sex, rock-and-roll, and self-indulgence when they think of the 60's. Lost is any mass knowledge of what happened in Birmingham, or to martyrs like the Philadelphia Three, or the work of thousands of sincere people like Ochs who fought for fairness. The film captures this split - how the 60's was really two segments - and just as Ochs lost his way after Chicago - so did the nation. I don't have a problem with the fact that there wasn't more musical footage of Och's music in the documentary. There was enough to present his music and place in the folk scene of his time. Other sources can fill in more of his music - and hopefully people who aren't familiar with his music will do that. One documentary cannot be three films - i.e. personal bio, musical compilation, and historical analysis. It needs to have a focus and point of view. And,for me, this film captured the power and impact of his music, and how his personal life followed - sadly - the country's loss of trust and hope.

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