Synopsis: “I Was There“ is a short documentary film about the experiences of journalist Ivor Davis. With a cultural résumé rivaling Forrest Gump, Ivor’s career put him with the movers and shakers of his time. From witnessing Robert Kennedy’s assassination to touring with the Beatles and hanging out with Muhammad Ali, Ivor shares with us the darker truths from the front lines of fame and notoriety as he faces his own mortality and search for meaning.
When I first met and interviewed Ivor, I heard all of the great stories from his journalist career. From the Beatles to Kennedy, he had been witness to so much of pop cultures superstars. However, It was on a subsequent interview I did with him for short film about the nature of wisdom that I stumbled across the kernel of the idea for this film.
John Zilles grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After 22 years of cold winters, he graduated from Marquette University and headed west with a head full of dreams. After stumbling into the film industry by accident, he has been a cinematographer for over 20 years and has recently began to make his own films. Married with 3 children, “I Was There” is his third effort.