The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival will open its 19th edition on April 15 with the “rockumentary-style presidential portrait” Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President, from Sam Cooke: Legend director Mary Wharton.
Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President catalogs the role of popular music in helping to propel a peanut farmer from Georgia to the White House. The film illustrates how Carter’s (pictured left) appreciation for all genres of music and friendships with musicians such as Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson (right) helped define his campaign.
The documentary combines interviews with Carter with archival live performances from Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffet and Paul Simon, among others.
Live performances by Nelson and musical director Paul Shaffer, among others, will follow the world premiere at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 15.
Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President was produced by Chris Farrell and Dave Kirkpatrick. Executive producers include Dan Braun, Peter Conlon, and David Crawford. It was written by Bill Flanagan. Submarine will handle sales for the film.
“We witness the power of art inspiring change and the positive impact of citizens raising their voices against injustice everyday,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival, in a statement. “As filmmakers, we were inspired to create the Tribeca Film Festival after 9/11 because we believe in the power of art to restore community and inspire change. Mary and Chris’ film, likewise, is a testament to that power.”