“In a country that could feed everybody six times over, we’ve got 20 million Americans hungry, and there are half a billion people on the globe going to bed malnourished. There’s lots of other things we’ve gotta be doing in this country. I don’t care whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, left-wing, right-wing … We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
— Harry Chapin
HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING is the inspiring story of Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/activist Harry Chapin (“Cat’s in the Cradle”). Chapin sold over 16 million albums and was one of his generation’s most beloved artist-activists who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing.
The film features Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Peter Seeger, Sir Bob Geldof, Kenny Rogers, Graham Nash, Pat Benatar, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Robert Lamm, Richie Havens, and Harry Belafonte intimately reflecting on Chapin’s larger-than-life impact on music and the world including his founding, along with Bill Ayres, of WhyHunger – the nonprofit organization leading the movement to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world.
The role of the balladeer — writer-performers whose story songs tells us about ourselves, our lives, and
our collective concerns through lyrics and melodies — is to weave together the social, political, creative, and
communal parts of a national tapestry. In the 1970s, Harry Chapin turned the musical conversation towards,
among other things, parents and children (“Cat’s in the Cradle”), wounded-but-still-romantic ex-lovers (“Taxi”),
hurt-yet-hopeful soulmates (“I Wanna Learn a Love Song”), introspective dreamers (“Circle”), the lonely and the
ordinary (“A Better Place to Be”), disappointed strivers (“Mr. Tanner”), and the ordinary people who have the
power to make a bitter and broken nation heal (“What Made America Famous”).
A portion of the proceeds goes to both WhyHunger and The Harry Chapin Foundation
“WE ALL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO MOVE THE WORLD. AND THE WORLD IS READY TO BE MOVED!” ---HARRY CHAPIN
Directed By: Rick Korn Produced By: Rick Korn, S.A. Baron and Jason Chapin Executive Producers: David Boxenbaum, Jason Chapin, Sandy Chapin, Charlie Cohen, David Miller, Bill Ayres, Noreen Springstead Featuring: Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar, Pete Seeger, Robert Lamm, Sir Bob Geldof, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Tom Chapin, and Sandy Chapin, Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers Run Time: 93 Minutes Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment