First Run Features has acquired the new feature documentary from Michael Cohl’s S2BN Entertainment, “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune,” produced and directed by Kenneth Bowser. The film recounts the life of Ochs, a folk singing legend, who shot to fame in the early 1960s, and protested during the Vietnam War. His solo shows are remembered for their political slants, and the controversy he brewed up attracted both fans and fervent enemies.
In a statement, Bowser said, “Phil Ochs worshiped the idea of America. A great idealistic country that was strong enough to admit it mistakes and powerful enough to fix them. The events of his life brought those beliefs into question for him, but the passion and humor of his music continue to inspire many. I’m one of those, that’s why I made the film.”
First Run Features President Seymour Wishman commented, “We’re thrilled to be working with Ken Bowser and Sage Scully on the release of Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune. The meteoric rise and fall of Ochs’ life mirrored the times in which he lived, but the movement he inspired has not died and his songs still inspire and demonstrate how the music of protest can bring about change. Ken’s deeply affecting film will entertain and move audiences in our still-troubled times.”