Tribeca Film Festival‘s 19th edition will kick off with the announced opening night film, the world premiere of “Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President,” directed by Mary Wharton. The announcement was made public Monday, President’s Day. The documentary will screen at the festival April 15.
According to the press release, the documentary follows the former President and his lifelong passion for varied musical genres. It will detail his aspirational upbringing, which came to be influenced by music throughout the years. From peanut farmer in Georgia to landing the spot in the White House, the film will also chronicle his friendships with musicians Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson. Wharton’s film also features archival performances by Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett and Paul Simon.
“The film accurately captures my love for all music and the importance music has played in my personal and professional life,” Carter said in a statement. “I remain hopeful and believe that music can serve to bring us together as a nation. Rosalynn and I are pleased with the fine film Mary and Chris have made and thank all those involved for telling this story. We are thrilled that it will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.”
Wharton is a longtime television producer, offering several directorial specials of famous musicians for VH1’s docuseries, “VH1 Legends.” She also helmed an episode of “American Masters,” ‘Joan Baez”: How Sweet the Sound.’ Other docuseries she has helped produce are “Behind the Music,” “The Beatles Revolution” and “VH1’s 8-Track Flashback.”
Live musical performances by Willie Nelson and Paul Shaffer will follow the premiere at the Beacon Theatre. “Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President” is produced by Chris Farrell and Bill Flanagan. The 19th Tribeca Film Festival runs April 15- 26. Check out a first-look clip for the film below.