- Biography, Personal Doc, Music, Portrait, and Social Issues
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 fatherâ€™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 hagiographicâ€”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. Itâ€™s an act of catharsis for its maker, and a fine piece of journalism. [VIFF]
- Running time
- 87, 120 or 17 minutes
- Jonathan Holiff ... Written, produced, and directed by
- Prod. Co.
- New Chapter Productions Inc.
- Years of Production
- Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver Island
- Prod. Partners
- Release year
- 30+ including: Raindance Film Festival (UK); Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada); EDINDOCS (Scotland); Radar Hamburg (Germany); CPH:DOX Copenhagen (Denmark); Festival dei Popoli (Italy)
- "Best Documentary" at EDINDOCS Edinburgh (Scotland); â€œBest Documentaryâ€ at RADAR Hamburg International (Germany); "Best Documentary" at Available Light (Canada); "Best Documentary" at Lewiston Auburn (USA); "Best Documentary" at Buffalo
- Self (International - except UK), WIDE HOUSE (UK Only)
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. (Canada)
- French (Canadian), Spanish, German
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