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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
- Tribeca Film Festival 2020
- Mary Wharton
- Executive Producer
- Dan Braun, Mary Wharton, David Crawford, Peter Conlon
- Chris Farrell, Dave Kirkpatrick
- Bill Flanagan
- James Fideler
- Mari Keiko Gonzalez
- Bill Wharton, Bradley Cole Smith
- Jimmy Carter, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks