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Phil Ochs doc on PBS

"Phil Ochs:There But for Fortune" premieres on "American Masters" this Sunday

Phil Ochs doc on PBS

A beautiful documentary about the late, great folk singer Phil Ochs -- Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune – has its television premiere this coming week on PBS’ American Masters. Locally, WHYY will broadcast Kenneth Bowser’s compelling biography on Monday, Jan. 23, at 10 p.m.  Interviewees include Joan Baez, Sean Penn, Pete Seeger, Tom Hayden, Michael Ochs (Phil’s brother and, for a time, his manager) and the late Christopher Hitchens, who speaks with characteristic passion and eloquence about the ‘60s protest singer and folk icon. Ochs, once considered an equal to Bob Dylan, took his life when he was 35 – despondent over the downturn in his career.

If you didn’t see There But for Fortune when it screened at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute last year, now’s your chance. Check out the doc’s official site here.  

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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