My Father and the Man in Black

Country
Canada
Language
English
Genre
Biography
Director
Jonathan Holiff
Movie year
2012
Duration
90 min

How did Saul Holiff, a Jew from London, Ontario, become the manager of the legendary Johnny Cash? And why, at the height of Cash’s career, did Holiff quit managing him? Following his estranged father Saul’s suicide, director Jonathan Holiff discovers that his father left behind hundreds of letters and recordings, including phone calls between Saul and Johnny. These artifacts tell the story about how Holiff and Cash collaborated to create a superstar, while each struggled with personal demons. A fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the connection between an icon of 20th century music and his Canadian manager. “Think you know Johnny Cash? See this riveting, excoriating documentary!” (Peter Gerstenzang, The Village Voice)

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