After the suicide of Johnny Cash's former manager, Saul Holiff, his estranged son, Jonathon, returns home. There, Jonathon learns from his mother that his father's personal records exist in storage. As Jonathon searches through them, he discovers much about his father's life of deferred dreams in London, Ontario until he became the manager of Johnny Cash. From there, Jonathon learns of his father's hectic life managing the erratic country star with his personal demons and moods and how the material success came with a profound cost of its own for Saul. In doing so, Jonathon gets a new perspective of a father who had his problems that he never fully conquered himself.
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul
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NOMINATED for "Best Documentary" and "Best Director" at the 2013 Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (USA) See more
[Miami-Dade Concert 1967
I had never seen Johnny in person and my mother and Saul and Barbara and I all had front row seats, and the curtain went up. He strummed his guitar once and waited a LONG time. I was feeling a little uncomfortable. I remember thinking, "Let's go!" You know, "what's happening here?" And then he looked down, and looked right at Saul, and he said "SAAAUUUUUL, HELP ME!"... in the most pathetic voice, and Saul went TEARING out, stepped on my foot in the process, went running...
In the opening credits, where a major distributor is normally listed, the filmmaker inserted the words "Intentionally Left Blank." This was an inside joke. Adverse market conditions offset by a large following for the film made self-releasing a more attractive option. Later, when the film was given final certification for tax credit purposes, the Canadian government required the filmmaker to sign an affidavit swearing that no such company "Intentionally Left Blank" had been connected with the film. See more