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Mip TV Picks 2008: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece

There are times when an expression of art becomes something more; when it gets locked into the zeitgeist of a generation and becomes mythic. Johnny Cash's 1968 visit to Folsom Prison is one of those moments.
April 1, 2008


There are times when an expression of art becomes something more; when it gets locked into the zeitgeist of a generation and becomes mythic. Johnny Cash’s 1968 visit to Folsom Prison is one of those moments.

When Cash went to that Northern Californian jail to lay down an album, there was no way he could know that it would catapult him into stardom, or that the end result would forever be considered one of the greatest recordings ever made. Forty years later, even after the death of the artist, the album remains as powerful and authentic as it was when recorded.

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison is an examination of an artist, a time, a social cause (prison reform) and a historic event all rolled into one. It will have huge appeal to viewers across many demographics, as Cash himself did. Partners: Northern Light Productions (Boston) for C-Films (Switzerland), DR (Denmark), ZDF/ARTE (France/Germany), SF (Switzerland), SBS (Australia), NPS (Netherlands), YLE (Finland). Cash is being distributed by Louise Rosen Ltd. (Brunswick)
Wrapping: April
Length: 56/85 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding partner broadcaster regions where only second window is available

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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