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Phil Ochs Documentary Coming To U.S. Theatres

The world of music documentaries will get slightly larger on Wednesday when Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune makes its U.S. debut at New York City's IFC Center. The film takes a look at protest singer-songwriter Phil Ochs, who killed himself at the young age of 35 and came to embody 1960s protest music like no other. Sean Penn, Joan Baez, Christopher Hitchens and others offer their perspective of the folk singer in the movie, directed by Ken Bowser.


It won't be widely released, but be sure to queue this one up when it comes to Netflix if you're not lucky enough to live in one of the towns below. Ochs is a fascinating figure whose story is not to be missed.



01.05 New York, NY: IFC Center
01.09 Portland, OR: Northwest Film Center
01.14-16, 22-23 Hudson, NY: Time & Space LTD
02.05 Detroit, MI: Detroit Film Theatre
02.08-10 Albuquerque, NM Guild Cinema
02.21, 03.02 Austin, TX Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
02.25-03.03 Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center
02.26, 28 Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema Society
03.04-10 Santa Monica, CA: Laemmle Monica 4


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Phil Ochs

Thanks for the kind words; however, the cities listed are only the first ones to sign on as we roll the film out nationally. Check the First Run website for more dates as they are added.

Michael Ochs

I cannot WAIT for this film, which I see is coming to Santa Monica in March. I was fortunate to see Phil Ochs in person at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles in the late '60s and was blown away by the frankness, the poetry, the irony and the beauty of his music. It so timely, it gives you chills. You can listen to him singing about Santo Domingo or Chou En Lai or United Fruit Company and you realize that the names might be different now but the circumstances are timeless and universal. This man was light years ahead of his time and yet of his time. He knew how to highlight hypocrisy better than anyone I've ever heard before or since. What a treasure. Thank you for making this film!

Marilyn in L.A.

I REALLY hope that this film comes to Minneapolis! I've already written to Al at MN Film Arts to request it. I have my fingers crossed.


What about us here in Australia? We do would like to see this.


I just saw this movie on 3/5/2011, in Pasadena. It was extremely well done. I wish he was stil with us.


Saw the movie last week in Denver. Brought back so many memories.


My teacher introduced me to Ochs, and I feel very lucky.

What I don't get is why he felt Dylan was so far ahead of him, because in my opinion, and many people who listen to both, Ochs is/was better. Anyway, I can't wait to see this.


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