For many years, Jonathan Holiff hated his father. Having been manager to the late great Johnny Cash, surely Saul Holiff could have dedicated more time to his son and the rest of his family; obviously, being the personal manager of an American hero can take its toll. It wasn’t until after Saul committed suicide in 2005 that Jonathan found answers to the questions he had been asking himself about his father for decades: Why was he so distant? Why did I feel so neglected? Who is my father?
Jonathan found answers to these questions and more in the form of secret audio recordings, never-before-seen video footage and hidden photos, all having been stashed away in a storage locker by his father years prior. This film does more than tell the story of a legend and his manager; it tells a story of forgiveness, of family, and most importantly, of reconciliation.
Prior to beginning production on “My Father and The Man In Black” seven years ago, Jonathan Holiff had forged his own path in Hollywood, becoming a celebrity agent and representing the likes of Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper and Jessica Simpson. Upon his father’s death, he promptly left his job as President of Hollywood Madison Group and moved back in with his mother in Canada. It was only then that he discovered the storage locker, filled with old recordings and memorabilia documenting his father’s second life that Jonathan largely knew nothing about.
The film, which came out in limited theater release this week, has been met with critical acclaim at film festivals around the world, and continues to turn heads and inspire curiosity. For more information on “My Father and The Man In Black,” you can visit the film’s homepage, or check out the Facebook fan page.