“The Fabulous Ohs tells a very different story from mainstream music documentaries. It’s not about ego, sex and drugs. It’s about love, following your dreams, and the real costs and rewards of sustaining a life in the arts when you’re not famous.”
– Jennifer Ring, Arts Coast Magazine
THE FABULOUS OHS: THE MARRIAGE AND THE MUSIC is a documentary film from producer/director Kathryn Parks.
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Inside the musical journey of a small-town composer and a strong-willed singer/librettist who dared to spend a lifetime chasing their dreams together.
Runtime: 45 min 7 sec
Director: Kathryn Parks
Producer: Kathryn Parks
Cast: Sharon Ohrenstein, David Ohrenstein
Cinematographer: Dylan Jon Wade Cox
Editor: Kathryn Parks
Story Producer: Elise Rodriguez
Production Design: Kathryn Parks
Sound Design: Kathryn Parks
Music: David Ohrenstein and Sharon Ohrenstein
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Gussie Award, Scene Magazine (Best of the Festival)
“You have to do it or your soul dies,” says Sharon Ohrenstein, in her daughter’s film The Fabulous Ohs, the Marriage and the Music. This documentary chronicles the marriage and career of her parents, Sharon and David Ohrenstein who lived a sometimes unsteady, but undeniably magical life spent chasing a career in the performing arts. The Ohrensteins met in Sarasota, Florida, where David was working as a part-time composer and concert pianist, and Sharon, as an actress and singer. A whirlwind romance led to a marriage in which both initially performed in their own separate shows until a one-off concert performed in tandem became their most successful gig. That inspired a career as a traveling act, performing numbers from Broadway and historical musicals, carving out a career in the arts. Touching and heartfelt, The Fabulous Ohs speaks to the resiliency and willpower Sharon and David displayed chasing their dream to bring their original music to the world, while living in a city like Sarasota, far away from the art meccas of New York and Los Angeles.
The film weaves together current and past interviews of the couple while Parks watched and selected content from more than 40 archived VHS tapes and DVDs of concerts, gigs, and original musicals. It also focuses on the lasting legacy of David’s parents’, both Holocaust survivors as expressed through his music. Other themes include celebrating women in leadership, the struggle of raising a family as an artist, and chasing your dreams at any age. The film also features an original score by her father, David Ohrenstein, who is awoken every night by a muse, compelling him to sit at the piano and write out a new melody before he goes back to bed.
Parks directed, produced, and edited the film with cinematography by Dylan Jon Wade Cox.
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Behind-the-scenes photos by Goddess Imagery Studios, Sarasota, Florida
Learn more and watch Kathryn’s other award-winning films:
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