Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

It was January 1968, a year that would be saturated in violence and historical change. Tucked away in a gray prison cafeteria in Northern California, isolated from the tumult outside, hard men doing hard time witnessed the making of a legendary album that would catapult a country singer to international stardom.

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison remains one of the greatest live albums ever made, and the man himself one of America’s greatest troubadours and advocates for prison reform. Forty years later, the album still resonates today with a rawness and authenticity that few recordings have ever achieved. This film exposes a lesser-known “Man in Black” through a visually compelling examination of this historic concert.

Legendary photographer Jim Marshall granted access to more than 300 photographs of Cash’s Folsom performance, many of them never-before-seen. With photo extrapolation techniques, these dynamic images bring the legendary 1968 concert to life.

The film is divided into a half dozen separate segments, each stylistically unique, from sketch animation to photo extrapolation, which visually interpret Cash classics from the concert. It has been broadcast on national public television, in addition to numerous international broadcast television channels.