This film from the Erwin Brothers follows the music legend to the heights of stardom, the depths of addiction and the saving grace of the cross.
Arguably among America's greatest ever entertainers, the late Johnny Cash rode his talent to the top of the music world, selling an estimated 90 million records, winning nearly 40 awards and being inducted into half a dozen music halls of fame. His 50-plus-year career, however, also took him from the dizzying heights of professional acclaim to the depths of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, and the coming documentary Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon will follow the Arkansas native's journey.
From the Christian filmmaking duo of Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, the picture is based on a book by the same title from Pastor Greg Laurie. As the name suggests, the production focuses heavily on Cash's ultimate turn to Christianity, and it features never-before heard interviews with the star, sharing gems like this:
"There's no lonelier place on earth for a man to be than separated from God."
In addition to heavy doses of those sorts of soundbites, archival footage of Cash in concert, leading a celebrity lifestyle and meeting with Christian leaders including the Reverend Billy Graham, the documentary presents interviews with family members, music stars like Alice Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw and Wynonna Judd, and Pastor Laurie - among others - giving their insights into the life and influence of "The Man in Black."
Johnny Cash: The Remption of an American Icon will release in a three-day limited engagement starting on December 5th. You can find a theater in your area and purchase tickets via this link to the website of the film's distributor, Fathom Events. And you can check out the aforementioned trailer below.