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When former president Jimmy Carter was just a kid in south Georgia, he loved gospel music so much that he didn’t need the hymnbook to sing along. Fast-forward and this lifelong passion for music gave Carter an unexpected edge during his term as the 39th President of the United States.

Through folk, soul, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, Jimmy Carter was able to tap into a force that transcended racial and generational divides, forging lifelong friendships with musicians such as Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson.

Part-rockumentary, part-presidential portrait, JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT combines rare archival footage with era-defining live performances from Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie, and Herbie Hancock just to name a few. Director 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.
  • Year
  • Runtime
    95 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Mary Wharton
  • Screenwriter
    Bill Flanagan
  • Producer
    Chris Farrell, Dave Kirkpatrick
  • Executive Producer
    Dan Braun, Mary Wharton, David Crawford, Peter Conlon
  • Cast
    Jimmy Carter, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks
  • Cinematographer
    James Fideler
  • Editor
    Mari Keiko Gonzalez
  • Music
    Bill Wharton, Bradley Cole Smith