We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, based on director Antonino D’Ambrosio’s critically acclaimed book A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears, tells the story of Cash’s little-known concept album and his unique collaboration with folk artist Peter LaFarge. The album was released in 1964 – four years before the American Indian Movement took over Alcatraz – when the nation was undergoing major social upheaval and civil rights protests. Cash faced censorship and angry backlash from radio stations, DJs, and fans for speaking out on behalf of American Indians in his album Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. This powerful documentary, which chronicles 50th anniversary rerecording and rerelease of the album, includes rare archival footage of Peter LaFarge, commentary from contemporary indigenous musicians, insights from Cash’s daughter, and interviews with the musicians who recorded the 2014 version of the album. (Gigantic Pictures, 2015, 59 min.).
Where & When:
Phipps Theater (EAST Entrance)
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series.
Films: Suggested donation $5 (no one turned away)
Films will be screened at the Museum’s Phipps Theater. Doors open at 6pm, films begin at 6:30pm. Please use the IMAX Evening entrance on the east side of the Museum.
September 13 - We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
October 4 to 10 - Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, various venues
November 8 - To be announced
December - no films - holiday break
Audience discussion and Q&A will follow the film screening.