Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

Screenings: Starts Sept. 17

Show Times: You have access to the film for 72 hours from the time you purchase your ticket.

Admission: $9.99

Running Time: 96 min

Language/Subtitles: English

Film Director: Mary Wharton

Film Access: Go to MVFS-Virtual and follow directions to purchase and stream this film. A percentage of the ticket price comes back to the Mesilla Valley Film Society.  This rental is good for 3 days from the time you purchase your ticket. Please let us know via email about your virtual cinema experience. Thank you!

There’s a moment in Mary Wharton’s Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President that looks downright surreal — at least, in light of the bombs-away culture-war politics that have come to rule our own era. It’s Jan. 20, 1977, the night of Carter’s Inaugural Gala, and introducing the festivities is that favorite son of progressive liberal Democrats, John Wayne. In the audience are John Lennon (in a tux!) and Yoko Ono. The performers include Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin, and when Aretha delivers her a capella rendition of “God Bless America,” it gives you tingles and chills and everything else. The evening has a we’re-all-in-this-together quality that feels positively and creatively…American.

Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President is a documentary of infectious and lively nostalgia that’s about just what its title says: the fact that Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president to express, in ways both big and small, a profound affinity with rock ‘n’ roll culture. Yet in telling that story, the film touches on something larger — the way that alliances in America that may seem unlikely come to seem inevitable. It’s about the forces that have to come together to make America work. (Variety)