Arts Center To Present Award-Winning Documentary

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RAHWAY – Union County Performing Arts Center presents “Best of the Garden State Film Festival”, featuring award-winning feature length documentary Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison and award-winning short film, “The Drummer,” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15 general admission.

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison follows the bond that Cash developed with several prison inmates.  It was these experiences and his commitment to advocacy for prison reform that led to the recording of “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison,” which some regard as one of the greatest live albums ever made.  Cash committed a huge part of his life to advocacy for prison reform.

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It was January 1968, a year that would be saturated in violence and historical change.  Tucked away in a gray prison cafeteria in Northern California, Cash became deeply involved in transforming the isolated world inside Folsom prison.  His easy connection with hard men doing hard time became legendary, and one that would catapult a country singer to international stardom. Forty years later the album still resonates today with a rawness and authenticity that few recordings have ever achieved.

The evening will also include a short film, “The Drummer.”  In this 19-minute funny and quirky ‘love letter to music,’ a down and out musician gets one last opportunity to realize his dream but must embark on a journey that takes him far beyond his comfort zone.

Garden State Film Festival promotes the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works.

Tickets are just $15 and may be purchased by calling 1-732-499-8226 or visiting www.UCPAC.org. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the UCPAC Box Office located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway. The UCPAC Box Office is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and also opens two hours prior to curtain time of any ticket event.


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