Harry Chapin Global Live Screening 80th Birthday Celebration

Article Contributed by Kymm Britton | Published on Friday, December 2, 2022

Abramorama, Kinema and The Harry Chapin Foundation announced today a special screening event of the feature-length documentary Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something taking place worldwide on Harry Chapin’s 80th birthday, December 7, 2022, at 8PM EST. The evening will include exclusive new live concert footage, with renditions of Taxiand Sunday Morning Sunshine by Tom & Steve Chapin, Howie Fields and “Big” John Wallace.  Additionally, there will be 15 minutes of exclusive never before seen live footage from a recent Chapin Family concert at the City Winery featuring Abigail Chapin, Jen Chapin, Lily Chapin, Steve Chapin, Tom Chapin, Jon Cobert, Jessica Craven, Howie Fields, Ann Kim and “Big” John Wallace. Many of the Chapin family members will be participating in the live chat that will run concurrently with the event. The evening is presented by Abramorama, Kinema and The Harry Chapin Foundation with the participation and support of Long Island Cares, WhyHunger, Warner Chappell Music, ASCAP, and SiriusXM.

Harry Chapin's son Jason Chapin, one of the producers of the documentary and a major supporter of his charities said, "My family is incredibly excited and grateful for the special event on Dec. 7 to celebrate my father's 80th birthday, 50th anniversary of his first hit "Taxi" and his lasting legacy as a musician and humanitarian. We're also thrilled that proceeds will benefit three charities that carry on his mission to help end hunger."

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. Written, directed and produced by Rick Korn and produced by S.A. Baron andJason Chapin, 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 Harry Chapin Memorial Fund was created in 1981 with help from Harry’s former manager Ken Kragen and Kenny Rogers who donated $150,000 from a benefit concert. Elektra, Harry’s record label, also was a major donor in the beginning. Harry’s widow Sandy Chapin has led the organization from the beginning. While the name was changed to the Harry Chapin Foundation, its mission has stayed the same – to help make a positive difference in communities around the country.  Our focus is to support Community Education Programs, Arts In Education Programs and Food and Agriculture Programs. From 1981-2021, 674 grants have been awarded to these grassroots organizations for a total of $2,480,503.


Founded in 1980 by Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares’ mission is to both provide nutritious, culturally relevant food to 228,000 food-insecure Long Islanders (including 68,000 children) and attack the root causes of hunger. We annually distribute more than 10 million pounds of food to more than 300 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior-living facilities, homeless camps and more. Food is also distributed at our six satellite locations, targeting each area’s underserved communities. As Harry Chapin once said, “To know is to care, to care is to act, to act is to make a difference.” Long Island Cares exists to make those words a reality.


WhyHunger believes a world without hunger is possible. We provide critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial, and economic justice. We are working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world.


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