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Johnny Cash's America
Directed by
Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
USA / 2008 / 88 minutes

World Premiere
Screening Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater
10/04/2008, 9:30PM
Is there truly a more complicated and interesting American icon than the man known simply as the Man in Black? Johnny Cash played for prisoners and the President. He spent a period of his life addicted to drugs and a period as a devout man of God. With a career spanning five decades, Cash had a unique sound that attracted and influenced musical icons from Bob Dylan, with whom he performed briefly, to Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Eric Clapton, all of whom appeared on his weekly TV show. Cash's music covered the gamut from personal woes, spiritual beliefs and race relations, to American history both praiseworthy and shameful. In "Johnny Cash's America," political and musical figures, as well as friends, family and business partners try to describe and understand the man behind the legend. Filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon seek to discover the truth of a man named Johnny. (Gabriel Meyers)
Together Neville and Gordon made "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story," and the Grammy-nominated "Muddy Waters Can't Be Satisfied." Neville directed "The Cool School," which won best documentary at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival. He's also made films on Hank Williams, The Brill Building and John Steinbeck. Gordon is the author of several books, including "It Came From Memphis" and "Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters." He also wrote and was a producer on "The Road to Memphis," an episode of Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues.
Cast/Featuring: Al Gore, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Sheryl Crow, Tim Robbins, Merle Haggard, John Mellencamp, Lamar Alexander, Loretta Lynn
Executive Producer(s): Rob Sharenow, Andy Berg, Molly Thompson, Steve Berkowitz
Producer(s): Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
Director(s): Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
Cinematographer(s): David Leonard
Editor(s): Chris Perkel, Blake West
Composer(s)/Music: Dan Miller
Sound Editor(s): Michael Kowalski


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