The trailer for the upcoming faith-based documentary about Johnny Cash has launched, depicting friends, family and Cash himself discussing his career.
Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon will release in theaters for only three nights: December 5, 6 and 7. Fathom is distributing it.
Kingdom Story Company, the same company that produced I Can Only Imagine, American Underdog, I Still Believe, and Woodlawn, made it. Ben Smallbone directed it.
The film includes audio from recordings that have never been heard outside of the Cash family.
"There's no lonelier place on earth for a man to be than separated from God," Cash says in the film.
Asked if he has any regrets about his troubled past, Cash says: "I forgave myself. When God forgave me, I figured I better do it, too."
Cash, who died in 2003, also puts his popularity in perspective: "It's all fleeting, as fame is fleeting."
The trailer includes interviews with his sister Joanne Cash Yates and his son John Carter Cash as well as Marty Stuart, Wynonna Judd, Jimmie Allen, Alice Cooper, Greg Laurie, Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw.
Cash was a "guy who is broken and knows he needs God," Judd said.
Producer Jon Erwin said Cash "shaped the musical landscape."
"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," Erwin said.
An unidentified voice in the trailer says Cash "wanted to be the biggest thing in the world, and he became the biggest thing in the world, and then he stepped back, and he said, 'That's not all there is.'"
"I think of all the documentaries made about my dad, he'd be most excited about this one," said John Carter Cash.
Learn more at FathomEvents.com.
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Video courtesy: ©Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon
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.