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About The Film

Synopsis

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison examines the most important day in the career of one of America’s foremost popular artists.  It was January 1968, a year that would be saturated in violence and historical change. Cash’s 1968 concert at Folsom State Prison in California and the ensuing album became a symbol of the late 1960s and transformed his career.  Drawing from rock photographer Jim Marshall’s stark images of that day, rare archival footage, as well as exclusive interviews with participants and observers, the film traces Cash’s rocky road that led to the concert and the torrent of stardom and political debate that came after it.

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison remains one of the greatest live albums ever made, and the man himself one of America’s greatest troubadours and advocates for prison reform.  Forty years later, the album still resonates today with a rawness and authenticity that few recordings have ever achieved. This film exposes a lesser known “Man in Black,” forever defined by darkenss and light.

Credits

Director / Co-Producer
BESTOR CRAM

Writer / Co-Producer
MICHAEL STREISSGUTH

Editor
TIM RAYCROFT

Associate Producer
DOMINIC MUSACCHIO

Co-Producer
LOUISE ROSEN

Co-produced with
C-FILMS/SWITZERLAND
PETER REICHENBACH

Consulting Producers
SUSAN GRAY
PHIL MICHELSON

Cinematography
BESTOR CRAM
MIGUELANGEL APONTE-RIOS

Sound Recording
JON CIANFRANI

Archival Research
RICH REMSBERG

Animation
FRANÇOIS BERELOWITCH
BRYAN DEBLASIO
JODY LEE
JULIE ZAMMARCHI

Sound Mix
MIX 1 BOSTON
JIM SULLIVAN
CHRIS ANDERSON

Based on the book by
MICHAEL STREISSGUTH
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison:
The Making of a Masterpiece

In association with:

AMERICAN PUBLIC TELEVISION
DR TV
NPS/NETHERLANDS
SBS/AUSTRALIA
SF/SWITZERLAND
SVT/SWEDEN
VOOM/RAVE HD
WDR/GERMANY
YLE CO-PRODUCTIONS
and
ZDF in cooperation with ARTE

A NORTHERN LIGHT PRODUCTION

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