Special Presentations

Three titans in the art of filmmaking will serve as featured presenters for a special event hosted by Rosanne Cash on Friday afternoon, Oct. 18, as part of the 2019 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess. The trio includes:

Pam Baucom

Pam Baucom

Co-producer of the eight-part Ken Burns documentary “Country Music,” which will air on PBS during September. Baucom will be sharing behind-the-scenes stories about the process of putting this massive eight-year project together.

Thom Zimny

Thom Zimny

Director of the feature-length documentary, “The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash,” which premiered in March at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin.   Zimny will discuss making the documentary, which includes much of the narration in Cash’s own voice.

Thom Zimny

William Ferris

Former Delta resident and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ferris has just won two Grammys for Voices of Mississippi, his historic lifetime work in gathering field recordings of blues and gospel singers and storytellers.

Ticket Information

These presentations will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Dyess Community Center.  Admission will be $15, with tickets available through the festival website, JohnnyCashHeritageFestival.com, or by contacting the Central Box Office in the Arkansas State University First National Bank Arena at the lower red entrance, 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000.  (For festival participants with “Full Circle” packages, admission to these Friday afternoon presentations is included.)

The special presentations will conclude the festival’s academic symposium, “Our Musical Genealogy: Country Music and the American Experience.”   The earlier symposium events, from 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 through noon Friday, Oct. 18, will be held in the Dyess Colony Visitors Center and are free and open to the public.