Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Saturday Oct 4, 2008 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM This is a past program

West Coast Premiere!

The making of Cash's landmark album is the narrative arc of this new documentary about a concert recorded in a prison cafeteria and captured by legendary rock photographer Jim Marshall. Two prisoners' lives are also interwoven into the structure of this film that examines the transition of Cash's character and his career. The presence of life in Folsom, the obstacles its prisoners faced and the struggles Cash encountered are brought to the surface. Original animation, interviews, and long lost archival material make this a compelling journey with one of America’s most celebrated icons revealing a complex unknown man in black. Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison celebrates his music, the history of an unprecedented recording, and its significance in understanding a life forever defined by darkness and light.

Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Bestor Cram.


All film screenings are co-presented by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Public programs are made possible by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Laura Donnelley, Bronya and Andrew Galef, and the Hammer Programs Committee.