The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., will present the Long Beach premiere of Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune, the new documentary by filmmaker Kenneth Bowser, about one of the most iconic folk music heroes and political agitators in American history.
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely tribute to an unlikely American hero whose music is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s, when he rose to fame at the height of the folk- and protest-song movement. As prolific as he was passionate, Ochs released seven acclaimed albums and wrote hundreds of songs that became anthems for the anti-war, Civil Rights, and labor movements.
In the film, Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens, and others who knew or were inspired by Ochs tell stories of political passions that were equal parts idealism, conviction and fantasy mixed together with a big ego and often wild disorganization. Throughout the film, Ochs’s humorous and haunting songs, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Crucifixion,” “Draft Dodger Rag,” “Love Me, I’m A Liberal,” “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends,” and, of course, “There But For Fortune,” play the role of narrator, giving contextual depth to the unfolding saga of his complex political and personal life, which ended in 1976, at the age of 35, when he took his own life.
The Found Theatre recently hosted a live music tribute to Ochs on what would have been his 70th birthday.
Showtimes for the film will be: Saturday, March 26 at 7pm and 9pm; and Sunday, March 27 at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are $8.