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FilmMy Father And The Man In Black

Wednesday June 20th, 2018 at 6 PM


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Jonathan Holiff · Canada · 2013 · 87 mins · not rated


Volatile Attractions:
Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and Managing a Music Legend

The University of Victoria Libraries is pleased to invite you to attend a special reception and movie screening to announce the new online exhibit "Volatile Attractions: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and Managing a Music Legend" and celebrate the acquisition of the Holiff Family archives.

Preview of the Collection
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Special Collections Reading Room, A005

Director's cut screening of "My Father and The Man in Black (2013)"
6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Cinecenta, Student Union Building

After the screening, join us for a revealing interview and Q&A hosted by arts writer Adrian Chamberlain with filmmaker Jonathan Holiff and Julie Chadwick, author of the new book, "The Man Who Carried Cash: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and the Making of an American Icon.”

Admission to one or both events is free via Eventbrite registration.
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Before Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul. Saul put Johnny together with June—but you won’t find his story in the movie “Walk The Line.”

How did Saul Holiff, a long-time resident of Victoria, become the manager of the legendary Johnny Cash? And why, at the height of Cash’s career, did Holiff quit? These and other questions will be answered when this unique collection, including many never-before-seen items, is launched at UVic Libraries.

Holiff Family Archives include thousands of rare and exclusive items revealing more about the life of Johnny Cash such as when the KKK threatened to kill him, first-hand accounts of his 1966 overdose in Toronto, and the origin - and cover-up - of “Folsom Prison Blues.”

After Saul's death in 2005, his son Jonathan Holiff discovered hundreds of letters and audio diaries including recorded phone calls with Johnny Cash. In 2013, Jonathan released the critically acclaimed documentary “My Father and The Man in Black.” In 2017, the book “The Man Who Carried Cash” by Julie Chadwick was released. Both Jonathan and Julie will participate in a special interview and Q&A following the movie screening.

After quitting Cash in 1973, Saul retired to Victoria with wife Barbara, and sons Jonathan and Joshua. In 1983, he graduated with a BA in History from UVic. It was only after Saul’s death in 2005 that the whole story began to unfold, as told by Saul and Johnny themselves - on tape. Now you can hear those tapes for yourself (!

About the movie:

"My Father and The Man In Black (2013)" is the only inside look at bad-boy Johnny Cash, as seen through the eyes of his long time manager, Saul Holiff—the man who put Johnny together with June.

Following his father's death, director Jonathan Holiff discovered hundreds of letters and phone calls between Johnny and Saul that shed new light on “The Man in Black’s“ drug-fuelled 1960s, his triumphs at Folsom and San Quentin, and when he was "born again."

The archives reveal the untold, behind-the-scenes story of how manager and singer collaborated to create a superstar while each struggled with personal demons--and with each other. The film also tells a universal story about fathers and sons.

"My Father and The Man In Black" received a limited theatrical release in the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States where it qualified for the Oscars. It won nine film festival competitions, including Edinburgh and Hamburg.