Jimmy Carter and Willie Nelson White House Staff Photographer, Courtesy of Jimmy Carter Library
[JIMMY CARTER ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT] Jimmy Carter and Willie Nelson White House Staff Photographer, Courtesy of Jimmy Carter Library

Greenwich Entertainment released the official trailer for Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, described as Part-rockumentary, part-presidential portrait, that traces how rock music helped propel Jimmy Carter to the White House and played in his life and work.

Directed by Mary Wharton, the documentary originally set to world premiere as the opening film of 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, will be released starting on September 9th.

Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President chronicles the role of popular music in propelling a relatively unknown candidate from Georgia to the White House, and the significant role that music has played in President Carter’s life and work. The film shows how Carter’s life-long passion for music gave him an unexpected edge as a presidential candidate, as he tapped into a force that transcended racial and generational divides, and often party lines. Carter’s appreciation for all genres of music and friendships with the likes of Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, and Willie Nelson, helped to define his administration.

Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President combines intimate interviews with Carter and an eclectic cast of contributors including Willie Nelson, Bono, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Buffett, Roseanne Cash, Chuck Leavell, Paul Simon, Andrew Young, and Madeleine Albright. Featuring rare, archival era-defining live performances from Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan, among others, director Mary Wharton traces how Carter’s genuine approachability, combined with the unifying power of music, 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.

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