Called Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon, the new film will feature interviews with his sister Joanne Cash Yates and Johnny’s son Carter Cash, as well as Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, Wynonna Judd, Jimmie Allen, Alice Cooper and Franklin Graham, among others.
The documentary is produced by Fathom Events, Kingdom Story Company WTA Media and Harvest Ministries with Pastor Greg Laurie, and the time period in which the documentary will focus on is his recording his famous Man In Black album, which was the peak of his struggles with depression and drug addiction.
It will also detail the faith he ultimately found as a result of those struggles, which would influence songs such as “The Man Comes Around,” one of the last songs he recorded before passing away in September 2003. It was included on the album American IV: The Man Comes Around.
And it’s pretty well-known that Johnny was a strong Christian, especially later in life, but like all of us, he was very complex and battled a lot of inner demons as well.
Pastor Greg, who authored Cash’s spiritual biography, added:
“Here’s the great contradiction–who could be friends with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Billy Graham all at the same time? The answer, Johnny Cash.
He was a contradiction at times, but he had a deep faith that he always returned to.”
And Johnny’s son, John Carter Cash, says Johnny would be thrilled to be able to share his faith with the world in this type of format:
“I think of all the documentaries made about my dad, he’d be most excited about this one.”
I’ll definitely be getting to a movie theater to see this one.