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We‘re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited

Directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio

Documentary Feature
USA | 56 minutes | 2015

Johnny Cash’s largely unknown concept album placed him in the middle of fervent social upheavals gripping the US. Coming at a time when America is once again gripped by racial tension, this films serves as a metaphor for a country caught between decline and progression.

We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited

We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited- Antonino D'AambrosioAntonino D’Ambrosio

Antonino D’Ambrosio is an author, filmmaker and visual artist. His books include A Heartbeat and A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears, Mayday with artist Shepard Fairey, and Let Fury Have the Hour. D’Ambrosio’s essays from the latter inspired his acclaimed feature length documentary feature film of the same name. D’Ambrosio’s writing appears in The New York Times, The Nation, The Progressive, The Believer,, Moviemaker, Huffington Post, among others. D’Ambrosio’s film-work includes No Free Lunch starring comedian Lewis Black. He is the founder of the nonprofit La Lutta NMC, selected by The Nation as one of the top independent media groups. D’Ambrosio was New York University’s Gallatin Lecturer, an honor bestowed upon a contemporary artist creating innovative and social engaging work and Artist-In- Residence at the Center for Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he produced the natural land art installation and multi- media project La Terra Promessa, which included the production of D’Ambrosio’s film series In Sun and Shadow. In 2014, Sony Music Masterworks released Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited featuring Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle. Executive produced and with liner notes by D’Ambrosio, the record was inspired by D’Ambrosio’s book A Heartbeat and a Guitar. D’Ambrosio also produced, wrote and directed the documentary We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. In 2015, ARTE will release his film Speak the Words the Way You Breathe as part of the Soundhunters film series. His newest book is The Free Space: How Creative-Response Transforms Our World. D’Ambrosio is currently in production on feature length documentary Frank Serpico: Only Actions Count, produced by Gigantic Pictures.

Film Information

Director: Antonino D’Ambrosio
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime:  56 minutes


Producers: La Lutta NMC  and Joe Henry
Writer: Antonino D’Ambrosio
Key Cast: 
Nancy Blake, Norman Blake, Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, and Rosanne Cash

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