VIDEO: Managing Johnny Cash

Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul


Managing Johnny Cash – Zoom Talk with Jonathan Holiff (10-15-2020)

Watch this photo-and-clip presentation by filmmaker Jonathan Holiff, whose 2013 documentary, My Father and The Man In Black, chronicles the unlikely, rocky relationship between Johnny Cash and his manager, Jonathan’s later father, Saul Holiff—the man who put Johnny together with June.

Following his father’s suicide, Jonathan discovered hundreds of letters, audio diaries and recorded phone calls with Johnny Cash during his pill-fuelled 1960s, triumphs at Folsom and San Quentin, marriage to June Carter, and when he became an evangelical Christian.

In the early 1970s, at the height of the singer’s career, Johnny Cash was “born again.” The drama that followed between the country star and his manager, born out of concern for Cash’s career, saw faith and reason collide. When one man finds a new calling, the other has to choose between his job and his self-respect.

Hosted by the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, this live presentation features clips from the film as well as recorded phone calls between the two men.

My Father and The Man In Black was released in theatres in the United Kingdom and in the United States, where it qualified for the Oscars. It won nine film festival competitions, including Edinburgh and Hamburg. Jonathan also received the Orson Welles Award at the Tiburon International Film Festival.

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