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WATCH: Exclusive Clip from Johnny Cash Documentary 'My Father and the Man in Black'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 27, 2013 at 2:38PM

After his father committed suicide, Jonathan Holiff discovered an incredible secret in a storage locker: recordings of the elder Holiff's audio diary from his days as Johnny Cash's manager from 1960 to 1973. "My Father and the Man in Black" opens on September 6; check out an exclusive clip below.
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Johnny Cash and Saul Holiff in 1962.
Jonathan Holiff Johnny Cash and Saul Holiff in 1962.

After his father committed suicide, Jonathan Holiff discovered an incredible secret in a storage locker: recordings of the elder Holiff's audio diary from his days as Johnny Cash's manager from 1960 to 1973.

In his new film, "My Father and the Man in Black," Holiff combines found footage, re-enactments and his own voice-over narration to craft a story about the father he hadn't spoken to for two decades--and about the often-troubled music legend who turned to religion for solace.

In the clip below, provided exclusively to TOH!, Jonathan listens to his father Saul's diary recording of one remarkable morning in Toronto, when he and others found Cash passed out on the floor of his RV from an overdose. "For all intents and purposes, he was dead," says Saul.  

A few hours later, Cash performed two sold-out shows in Rochester, New York, as if nothing had happened.

"My Father and the Man in Black" opens September 6.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.