The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash


Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 4, 2019 5:00 PM
Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 6, 2019 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Music Films
Running Time:94 min.
Director:Thom Zimny
Producer:Dan Friedkin
Ryan Friedkin
Sean M. Stuart
Bradley Thomas
Thom Zimny
Glen Zipper
Cinematographer:Charles Libin
Nicola Marsh
Editor:Chris Iversen
Brian Miele
Print Source:Old Farm Road Films
Sutter Road Picture Company
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


Few music mythologies are as ingrained in our culture as the Man in Black’s, from Johnny Cash’s early days at Sun Records to his struggle with addiction and the eventual love story that blossomed from his creative collaborations with June Carter. But where the biopic Walk the Line ended, The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash picks up a full head of steam, further chronicling the decades when Cash championed Native American rights, protested the Vietnam War, and found endless ways to reinvent himself—musically and personally—while always finding a space where innovation and spirituality intersected. Yes, the seminal Folsom Prison concert is still a key fulcrum in this remarkable story, but the rich archival footage (including interviews with Cash) and a number of musical legends—including Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, and Rosanne Cash—paying tribute to his influence makes this a definitive look at one of American music’s most courageous and complex personalities.

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As a director, Thom Zimny is best known for his work with Bruce Springsteen that began with Wings for Wheels: The Making of ‘Born to Run’ (2005) and has gone on to encompass music videos as well as documentaries, such as Springsteen on Broadway (2018), nominated for Outstanding Variety Special and Outstanding Directing of a Variety Special Prime-time Emmy Awards, and the upcoming concert documentary Western Stars (2019). Zimny’s other work includes Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) and Cultureshock: Michael Jackson’s Final Curtain Call (2018).