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Official Selection

JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT

Year 2020
Runtime 95 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere
Streaming Information
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When former president Jimmy Carter was just a kid in south Georgia, he loved gospel music so much that he didn’t need the hymnbook to sing along. Fast-forward and this lifelong passion for music gave Carter an unexpected edge during his term as the 39th President of the United States.

Through folk, soul, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, Jimmy Carter was able to tap into a force that transcended racial and generational divides, forging lifelong friendships with musicians such as Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson.

Part-rockumentary, part-presidential portrait, JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT combines rare archival footage with era-defining live performances from Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie, and Herbie Hancock just to name a few. Director Mary Wharton traces how Carter’s genuine approachability became key to his political appeal and allowed him to connect with voters, who may only have known him as a small-town peanut farmer.

Winner of the CTV Audience Choice Award, Music on Screen

Countries

United States
Festivals
Tribeca Film Festival 2020
Director
Mary Wharton
Executive Producer
Dan Braun, Mary Wharton, David Crawford, Peter Conlon
Producer
Chris Farrell, Dave Kirkpatrick
Screenwriter
Bill Flanagan
Cinematographer
James Fideler
Editor
Mari Keiko Gonzalez
Music
Bill Wharton, Bradley Cole Smith
Cast
Jimmy Carter, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks