Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, October 11:
THE GIFT: THE JOURNEY OF JOHNNY CASH
CPH:DOX, Telluride, Nashville, Belfast, Melbourne, New Zealand, Mill Valley
An oral history of and tribute to the legendary country musician.
Taking on a subject as storied as the Man in Black, director Thom Zimny wisely pares things back, opting for an intimate reflection that is largely told from Johnny Cash’s own perspective. While fellow musicians like Emmylou Harrison, Dwight Yoakum, and Bruce Springsteen and family members like daughter Rosanne Cash offer their appreciation for the man and his work, they are left unseen, with the film’s visuals instead reflecting evocative period footage and photos. At the heart of the film is Cash himself recounting his own story, and, further, the significance of the 1968 concert he gave at Folsom Prison. Zimny artfully and comprehensively conveys the scope of Cash’s life, including the demons he battled, and, of course, incorporating a remarkable amount of music, making this a must-see for fans of the artist.