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When Jimmy Carter was a kid in south Georgia, he loved gospel music so much that he didn’t need the hymn book to sing along. As it turned out, this lifelong passion for music gave him an unexpected edge as a presidential candidate. Through folk, soul, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, Carter tapped into a force that transcended racial and generational divides — and often party lines. And after the disillusionment of the Watergate era, the musicians sensed that Carter wasn’t faking it. The likes of Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson even forged friendships.
Part-rockumentary, part-presidential portrait, JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT combines rare archival footage with era-defining live performances from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie, and Herbie Hancock — and these only scratch the surface. 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. But even more urgently, it shows us the unifying potential of a leader who believed, in a twist on Dylan’s words, that America could get busy being born, even as it seemed busy dying. (Synopsis from the Tribeca Film Festival)
“A documentary of infectious and lively nostalgia…. JIMMY CARTER ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT can make you wistful for Carter’s decency.” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety “The film doesn't ignore the political realities of the Carter presidency, but it does put them in the best light…. As joyful and buoyant as its music.” —Caryn James, Hollywood Reporter “The film accurately captures my love for all music and the importance music has played in my personal and professional life. I remain hopeful and believe that music can serve to bring us together as a nation.” —Jimmy Carter
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