Country: USA, GERMANY, FRANCE
Run Time: 109 minutes
As a young man, Elvis Presley was the embodiment of the American dream. A poor boy from the country, he carved his own path and rose to unprecedented fame faster than anyone had before. More than 40 years after his death, Elvis is still known around the world as “The King.” But even this perceived immortality could not prevent the tragedy that befell him. In fact, the very factors that led to his success would ultimately lead to his demise. And while Elvis lost his authenticity to fame and money, his country was losing its democracy to capitalism and greed, making Elvis the perfect metaphor for America. THE KING is an all-encompassing deep dive into the promises and failures of the United States and rise and fall of the biggest empire the world has ever known. Combine this thesis with a road trip across the U.S. in Elvis’s 1963 Rolls Royce and invite a variety of musicians and celebrities—including Alec Baldwin, Ethan Hawke, and Chuck D—to share their viewpoints, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind documentary experience you won’t want to miss. —G.S.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 7:20 PM
Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 2:10 PM
Music Movies Competition
Eugene Jarecki is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning director who has twice won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Mentored in his youth by legendary filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, Jarecki worked as a stage director before turning to film.
The Opponent (2000), The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002), Why We Fight (2005), Reagan (2011), The House I Live In (2012), THE KING (2017)
Christopher St. John, David Kuhn, Christopher Frierson, Georgina Hill
Tom Bergmann, Étienne Sauret
Simon Barker, Člia Gasull Balada, Alex Bingham, Laura Israel