6 items from 2011
First Run Features announced today its acquisition of the award-winning documentary The Pruitt-igoe Myth from filmmaker Chad Freidrichs. First Run is planning a March 2012 theatrical launch with VOD, home video and television to follow. The deal was negotiated by Film Sales Company head Andrew Herwitz and First Run’s Marc Mauceri.
The Pruitt-igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.
It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, “the poor man’s penthouse.” Two decades later, it ended in rubble – its razing an iconic event that the architectual theorist Charles Jenks famously called the death of modernism. The footage and images of its implosion have helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, »
- Michelle McCue
This year, Pop Montreal, an annual smrgasboard of concerts and music-themed films, celebrates its 10th anniversary. While the concert side of the equation is typically stacked (including, but not remotely limited to, a free Arcade Fire concert), the film portion is no slouch either. This year, film topics include legendary folkie Phil Ochs, The Replacements, Alan McGee and Creation Records, Aice Donut, and the Vancouver punk scene, among others. The fest runs from Sept. 21st-25th here in Montreal – the complete lineup and press release are below.
Montreal, August 11th, 2011 – Where music and movies make out in the dark: Film Pop returns. From September 21st to the 25th, as the Pop Montreal festival turns 10, Film Pop will once again resurface an always-pertinent array of underground musical films and captivating documentaries. Throughout the 5 days of the festival, Film Pop events will be held in 3 main venues: Blue Sunshine (3660 St-Laurent), the Pop »
First Run Features will release Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune, a documentary film on the noted American protest singer/songwriter (or “topical” singer/songwriter, as he preferred) on DVD on July 19.
The life and career of the legendary protest singer/songwriter is examined in Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune.
Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, folk performer Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure, a contradiction that eventually tore him apart.
The 2010 movie features extensive archival performance and interview footage of Ochs, as well as scenes reflecting the turbulent political climate of the 1960s during which he emerged as a spokesperson on causes such as racial injustice, political oppression, the horrors of war and labor issues.
The film includes interviews with family members and many of the artists and activists who knew him from »
Texas born Phil Ochs was a significant personality back in the 1960s and partly in the early 70s. His music was politically charged, and many music historians agree he was an underrated songwriter during the Vietnam War era. Ochs' story is now chronicled in a passionate documentary that.s opening across 60 markets nationwide on March 4th. "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" takes a look at protest singer-songwriter Phil Ochs, whose prolific writing during the 1960s took a turn downward, as Ochs' mental health faltered in the 1970s, succumbing to bipolar disorder and alcoholism. Phil killed himself at the age of 35 in 1976. Sean Penn, Joan Baez, Christopher Hitchens and others offer their »
- April MacIntyre
Despite fan backlash at his decision to go electric, Bob Dylan has had it pretty good, especially by comparison. Any average Joseph on the street could tell you who he is and probably hum a tune or two, whereas his politi-folk peers were largely forgotten. Dylan was able to transcend; artists like Phil Ochs, subject of documentary "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" by "Easy Riders and Raging Bulls" director Kenneth Bowser, were not so lucky and mostly forgotten. Labeled as the "anti-Dylan" not only for his radically different singing style but also for his penchant towards undisguised topical protest… »
January is a terrible month for film-goers. There is just no way around it. A few Oscar-hopefuls see expansion and we get a few film festival leftovers, but for the most part it is studio dumping ground. I couldn’t even muster up 10 picks like normal. It does make it a good month to catch-up on everything you may have missed last year, so check out our Best Films of 2010 list, and if you dare, see the short list below of recommended January releases.
December films expanding wider:
I Love You Phillip Morris (Jan. 7th)
Rabbit Hole (Jan. 14th)
Barney’s Version (Jan. 14th)
The Way Back (Jan. 21st)
The Company Men (Jan. 21st)
Biutiful (Jan. 28th).
Five to See:
- Jordan Raup
6 items from 2011
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