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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

ELVIS & NIXON

TFF 2016 Directed by Liza Johnson
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE ELVIS & NIXON [TFF 2016]

Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon tells the untold story of the legendary meeting between Elvis Aaron Presley (Michael Shannon) and Richard Milhous Nixon (Kevin Spacey), immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Days before Christmas in 1970, the most famous man in America turns up at the doorstep of the most powerful one, inexplicably seeking to be made a Federal Agent at Large for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. What follows is a farcical scramble, as entourages jockey to coordinate a mutually acceptable meet-and-greet. One of the more surreal encounters in American history, the Elvis and Nixon meeting perhaps captures perfectly a pre-Watergate moment in time: before their names came to evoke tragedy and corruption; when the cultural cachet was passing from politicians to celebrities; and when America had both a King and a President.



—Cara Cusumano

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Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon tells the untold story of the legendary meeting between Elvis Aaron Presley (Michael Shannon) and Richard Milhous Nixon (Kevin Spacey), immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Days before Christmas in 1970, the most famous man in America turns up at the doorstep of the most powerful one, inexplicably seeking to be made a Federal Agent at Large for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. What follows is a farcical scramble, as entourages jockey to coordinate a mutually acceptable meet-and-greet. One of the more surreal encounters in American history, the Elvis and Nixon meeting perhaps captures perfectly a pre-Watergate moment in time: before their names came to evoke tragedy and corruption; when the cultural cachet was passing from politicians to celebrities; and when America had both a King and a President.



—Cara Cusumano

Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 87 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Liza Johnson
Screenwriter: Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal, Cary Elwes
Producer: Cassian Elwes, Holly Wiersma
Editor: Sabine Hoffman, Michael Taylor
Cinematographer: Terry Stacey
Cast: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters
Contacts

Press Contact
RJ Millard
Obscured Pictures
New York, 10011
Phone: 212 620 0727
rj@obscuredpictures.com

Print Source
Olivia Davison
Bleecker Street
New York City, NY 10016
Phone: 212 295 15700
oliviadavison@bleeckerstreetmedia.com

International Sales Contact
BLOOM
Beverly Hills, CA 90212`
Phone: 323 510 3330

Special Note

Read an interview with Michael Shannon where he discusses all of his Tribeca 2016 roles, at TribecaFilm.com.

About the Director(s)

Liza Johnson is a writer and director whose feature films include Return(2011) and Hateship Loveship (2013). She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Sundance Institute. She is also Professor of Art at Williams College.

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