It seems to be the year for documentaries that go beyond the dry retelling of someone’s life and Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something vibrates with the warmth and charm that was this remarkable singer-songwriter’s life.
Chapin’s ability to create great songs that told insightful defining stories (“Taxi,” “A Better Place to Be”) made him a household name, with “Cat’s In The Cradle” (written with his wife, Sandy) being his most memorable. Director Rick Korn traces its cultural impact from DMC to Bruce Springsteen to The Simpsons to Modern Family. The song is as relevant now as the day it was written.
Chapin is revealed to be not only a musician but also an effective advocate for ending world hunger. Co-founding WhyHunger, a global non-profit organization active to this day, Chapin performed over half of his concerts for no profit so that the box office proceeds could go to the charity. A woke man who acted rather than merely talking a good game.
It’s wonderful to have this remarkable man brought to life again.
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Host Gregor Craigie (Host of CBC On The Island) talks with director Rick Korn.
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