From Wharf Rats to the Lords of the Docks: The Life and Times of Harry Bridges
“From Wharf Rats to Lords of The Dock”, directed by Academy Award© winning director and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, is the film of a truly unique event – Ian Ruskin performing his one-man play to a packed house of 1000 longshore workers in San Pedro, California. The result, with appearances by Elliott Gould, Edward Asner and members of ILWU Local 13, and with music by Jackson Browne, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tim Reynolds, Ciro Hurtado and others (including the world premiere of Woody Guthrie’s song about Harry, sung by his granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie) is an inspiring story. It is an intimate exploration of the life and times of this extraordinary man – “a hero or the devil incarnate, it all depends on your point of view” – full of the high drama and biting humor that ran through his life. And it is a springboard into understanding the parallel issues – globalization, global responsibilities, wars on terrorism, surveillance and privacy, and the widening gap between rich and poor, that we face today.
Running time 82 minutes
The Special Features DVD has 25 segments that take you inside the making of the film, show the impact of Harry’s union around the world, and give you personal stories about the man. Included is the view of a port from inside a hammerhead crane, Nelson Mandela paying tribute to the union’s stand against apartheid, Arlo Guthrie rehearsing “The Ballad of Harry Bridges” and “Waltzing Matilda” and Bill Moyers interviewing Harry.
"Harry Bridges is one of the most important labor leaders of thr 20th century. Ian Ruskin has captured his persona and his ideas brilliantly".
Howard Zinn, Historian, Playwright and Social Activist
It was always considered a challenge to have stations air a 90 minute program (hard to fit into schedules) about a troublemaker like Harry Bridges.....
We are happy to let you know that we achieved a 45% average market share for the last three years which means the film was available to about 150 million Americans a year!
With best wishes
PBS airings of "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" in 2011.
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We have 163 airings on 90 stations, reaching 42% of the market (120 million Americans). And this is our third year of airings!
Our Special Thanks To:
The California Teachers Association
US Representative Janice Hahn, 36th Congressional District
Councilman Bill Rosendahl, City of Los Angeles 11th District
The ILWU Credit Union
The Durfee Foundation
ILWU Locals 12, 34 and 32.
and everyone else who gave so generously to help us distribute “From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks” to PBS stations.