The faith-based studio that produced I Can Only Imagine and American Underdog is behind a new documentary about Johnny Cash that will follow his spiritual transformation and include more than 100 tapes that have never been publicly released.
Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon will release in theaters for only three nights – Dec. 5, 6 and 7 – and include interviews with Cash's son, John Carter Cash, as well as Marty Stuart, Wynonna Judd, Jimmie Allen, Alice Cooper, Franklin Graham, Joanne Cash Yates, Greg Laurie, Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw.
Kingdom Story Company, the same company that produced I Can Only Imagine, American Underdog, I Still Believe and Woodlawn, made it. Fathom Events will release it. Ben Smallbone directed it.
"Johnny Cash is an American icon who undoubtedly shaped the musical landscape," said producer Jon Erwin. "Behind the fame is the true story of a man who was haunted by his own inner demons, and through facing them, ultimately found an unshakable faith in God."
Said Cash's son, John Carter Cash, "I think of all the documentaries made about my dad, he'd be most excited about this one."
The film tells how Cash was rescued from a cycle of depression and drug addiction during the time of his famous album, Man in Black. Cash found hope and peace in his Christian faith.
The Cash family gave Kingdom Story Company access to more than 100 tapes that were originally recorded for Cash's autobiography. They've never been heard outside of the Cash family.
"Here's the great contradiction – who could be friends with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Billy Graham all at the same time? The answer, Johnny Cash," said pastor and producer Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries. "He was a contradiction at times, but he had a deep faith that he always returned to."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.