Detroit Film Theatre


PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE

Friday, March 11, 2011

9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2010—directed by Kenneth Bowser)

With the nation once again embroiled in foreign wars and hoping for change, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure - a contradiction that eventually tore him apart. From idealism to rage to pessimism, the arc of Ochs' life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to despair. In this brilliantly constructed film, interview and performance footage of Ochs is illuminated by the insights of Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens, Ed Sanders, and others. (98 min.)

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