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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING

TFF 2015 Directed by Jeanie Finlay
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING [TFF 2015]
August 16, 1977. All of America was stunned by the news of Elvis Presley's untimely passing. Some went so far as to believe that it couldn't be true. Somehow he had faked his death. For the executives at Sun Records that fantasy became an opportunity in the form of Orion, a mysterious masked performer with the voice of The King. First appearing in 1979, Orion recorded 11 albums and performed live to packed houses and rapturous fans around the nation. But who was the man behind the mask?

In this stranger-than-fiction true story, Jeanie Finlay exposes the incredible life of an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight with the complicity of a manipulative music industry and a public fan base unwilling to let The King go. Resonant in its themes of identity, fate, and the double-edged nature of fame, Orion is a stylish mystery story that finally gives a name and a face to a gifted artist who had been unjustly deprived of both.

—Cara Cusumano
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Female Director(s), Documentary, Music, Female Screenwriter(s)
August 16, 1977. All of America was stunned by the news of Elvis Presley's untimely passing. Some went so far as to believe that it couldn't be true. Somehow he had faked his death. For the executives at Sun Records that fantasy became an opportunity in the form of Orion, a mysterious masked performer with the voice of The King. First appearing in 1979, Orion recorded 11 albums and performed live to packed houses and rapturous fans around the nation. But who was the man behind the mask?

In this stranger-than-fiction true story, Jeanie Finlay exposes the incredible life of an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight with the complicity of a manipulative music industry and a public fan base unwilling to let The King go. Resonant in its themes of identity, fate, and the double-edged nature of fame, Orion is a stylish mystery story that finally gives a name and a face to a gifted artist who had been unjustly deprived of both.

—Cara Cusumano
Film Information
Year: 2015
Length: 89 minutes
Language: English
Country: U.K.
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Jeanie Finlay
Screenwriter: Jeanie Finlay
Producer: Jeanie Finlay, Dewi Gregory
Editor: Lucas Roche
Associate Producer: Stewart Copeland, Charles Kennedy
Cinematographer: Stewart Copeland, Steven Sheil, Mark Bushnell, Roger Knott Fayle
Executive Producer: Al Morrow, Suzanne Alizart, Kate Townsend, Nick Fraser, Hannah Thomas, Richard Holmes, John Tobin, Andy Copping, Alexander Preston
Composer: Graham Langley
Researcher: Marissa Keating
Producer of Marketing and Distribution: Sally Hodgson
Cast: Jimmy Ellis, Shelby Singleton, Jim Ellis Jr., Nannette Uselton Clark, Nancy Crowson, Nick Scott Petta
Contacts

Print Source
Jeanie Finlay
Glimmer Films
Nottingham, NG1 3AL
Phone: +44 115 850 7847
jeanie@jeaniefinlay.com

Press Contact
Adam Kersh
Brigade Marketing
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 917 771 7021
adam@brigademarketing.com

Press Contact
Gerilyn Shur
Brigade Marketing
New York, 10001
Phone: 917 551 5832
gerilyn@brigademarketing.com

Sales Contact
Jason Ishikawa
The Film Sales Company
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212 481 5020
jason.ishikawa@filmsalescorp.com

About the Director(s)
Jeanie Finlay is a British artist and filmmaker whose credits include Pantomime, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, Sound It Out, Goth Cruise and Teenland. Her work is known for its innovation in audience engagement and distribution.

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