The Food For Thought Luncheon scheduled for Monday, March 16th has been postponed out of due precaution in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
Thank you for your Understanding.

Topic:        Managing Johnny Cash, as an Atheist Jew

Speaker:     Jonathan Holiff, Filmmaker                    

Join us for a fascinating conversation with filmmaker, Jonathan Holiff, whose 2013 documentary, My Father and The Man In Black,” chronicles the unlikely relationship between bad-boy Johnny Cash and his strait-laced manager, the late Canadian Saul Holiff.

Jonathan’s film is both a behind-the-scenes look at Johnny Cash’s troubled 1960s, as well as an examination of the father-son relationship; Saul was Jonathan’s father. The film also supplies the ending that was missing from the hit movie, “Walk The Line:” Johnny Cash’s conversion to fundamentalist Christianity. This will be the focus of the discussion.

At the height of the singer’s career, Johnny Cash was “born again.” The drama that followed between manager and star, which grew out of concern for Johnny’s recording career, saw faith and reason collide in spectacular fashion. When one man finds a new calling, the other has to choose between his job and his integrity.

Saul Holiff retired to Victoria in 1979. In 1983, enrolled as a mature student, he graduated with an Honours B.A. in History from the University of Victoria. In 2005, at the age of 79 and in ill-health, Holiff committed “rational suicide.”

This sit-down luncheon will feature clips from the film as well as recorded phone calls between the two men from the early 1970s.

When:    Monday, March 16th, 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Where:   JCCV, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Sit down luncheon includes coffee or tea and dessert.
Cost is $15.00, $12.00 for JCCV members. Call or email the JCCV at 250-477-7185 or to reserve.