In 1951, Catholic schoolgirl Vivian Liberto meets handsome Air Force cadet Johnny Cash at her local San Antonio, Texas skating rink. Their whirlwind summer romance lays the foundation for a feverish three-year-long correspondence while Johnny is stationed in Germany. Thousands of letters later, the two marry upon his return in 1954.
Within a year, a career blossoms and a family is started. By 1961, Johnny Cash is a household name, number one on the music charts, and perpetually on tour. Meanwhile, only two weeks postpartum, Vivian settles into their custom-built home in Casitas Springs, California with their four young daughters. Plagued by bobcats, rattlesnakes, all-hours visits from fans, and a growing resentment toward her husband’s absence, Vivian is pushed to a near breaking point when she and her daughters are targeted by hate groups over her perceived race.
In MY DARLING VIVIAN, we will meet the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us first hand, for the first time, the entire story of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival.
“My mother’s own story has often been lost or misinterpreted to serve a myth. This elegant film about her ― the real Vivian Liberto, not the Hollywood version ― is painful but compassionate, wrenching but true. Even though she was an intensely private woman, I think she longed to have her story told, and her place in the history of my family acknowledged with respect and love. Matt Riddlehoover and Dustin Tittle have succeeded in giving her that place. My sisters and I are deeply moved by and grateful for My Darling Vivian.” Rosanne Cash
Matt Riddlehoover | Documentary, Biography | 90 mins | USA | $9.99
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Join us for a special conversation with Brian Mansfield and Gold Coast Arts Senior Film Programmer Brian Gordon.
A Nashville native, Brian Mansfield is a nationally recognized music journalist and historian who has edited and authored multiple books, including Rutledge Hill Press’ Ring of Fire: A Tribute to Johnny Cash and Remembering Patsy. He currently writes and produces the Grand Ole Opry’s Opry Country Classics, a live-performance radio broadcast staged at the Ryman Auditorium since 2009. He spent 18 years as USA Today’s Nashville correspondent and has written for several other publications including Variety, The Tennessean, and the Nashville Scene.
Mansfield graduated from Berklee College of Music with a B.A. in Professional Music, and also attended Belmont University. He is a former member of the Country Music Association’s board of directors and currently serves on the boards of Historic Nashville, Inc., and The NECAT Network, which operates three public-access channels in the Nashville area. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two teenage daughters.
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