Essential Intrigue
15+ (exemption)
2015 (56mins + 30min short)
Dir: Antonio D’Ambrosio

We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited

Johnny Cash was not only an icon of country music but also a great friend of the underdog and the downtrodden. He made many a stand for social justice and despite his own inner personal struggles he actively engaged in helping people and communities in their outward ones.

One of those struggles which the Man in Black dedicated himself to was the struggle of the Native American people as embodied in his wonderful song The Ballad of Ira Hayes. Cash surrounded that great classic with an album that at the time was problematic for Cash’s career but which only now - 50 years later - is receiving the attention it rightly deserves.

In this fantastically produced high-fidelity documentary the Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears recording is beautifully reconstructed in the studio by a stellar collection of country music stars the caliber of Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Norman Blake, Nancy Blake, Rhiannon Giddens, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings and more.

Also screening is Les Blank’s most excellent and famous observational documentary short from 1970, The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins - a special and rare look at the Texas bluesman. (www.lesblank.com)