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My Father and The Man In Black

Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul
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MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK - Official Trailer

Overview

Genre
Biography, Personal Doc, Music, Portrait, and Social Issues
Synopsis

The Man in Black was, of course, Johnny Cash. Saul Holiff was his long-time manager, a dedicated, remote, often cruel man who committed suicide and left his son with a lot of unanswered questions.

Jonathan's documentary is an investigation of his father’s life and that of the celebrity who dominated it. The Canadian-born Saul was a self-made man, an ambitious promoter with a love of music that brought him together with one of the great figures of 20th-century pop culture.

Both Cash and his manager were strong men with serious weaknesses; we learn of their triumphs and failures, their mutual resentment and envy, their troubled relationships with their families. The film is respectful but never hagiographic—it shows the good and the bad, the public and the painfully private.

Mixing found footage, creative re-enactments and poignant narration, the documentary tells a riveting story with creative means. It’s an act of catharsis for its maker, and a fine piece of journalism. [VIFF]

Stage
finished
Running time
87, 120 or 17 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
New Chapter Productions Inc.
Country
Canada
Years of Production
2012
Locations
Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver Island
Prod. Partners
None.

Distribution Details

Release year
2013
Festivals
30+ including: Raindance Film Festival (UK); Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada); EDINDOCS (Scotland); Radar Hamburg (Germany); CPH:DOX Copenhagen (Denmark); Festival dei Popoli (Italy)
Awards
"Best Documentary" at EDINDOCS Edinburgh (Scotland); “Best Documentary” at RADAR Hamburg International (Germany); "Best Documentary" at Available Light (Canada); "Best Documentary" at Lewiston Auburn (USA); "Best Documentary" at Buffalo
Distribution
Self (International - except UK), WIDE HOUSE (UK Only)
Broadcast (Acq.)
Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. (Canada)
Language
English
Subtitles
French (Canadian), Spanish, German

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