Folk Alley presents two screenings of the documentary THE KING at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival. Director Eugene Jarecki travels America in Elvis’ 1963 Rolls Royce talking to people along the way about the parallels between Elvis’ rise and fall and the post-war American experience. Folk Alley listeners can use the code “FOLK” for a $2 ticket discount for screenings on April 6 at 7:20 PM and April 7 at 2:10 PM. Both screenings will be at Tower City Cinemas.
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. Among the notable appearances in the film are Folk Alley artists Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Radney Foster, M. Ward and Linda Thompson.
Regular ticket prices are $14 for CIFF members and $16 for non-members. By using the code “FOLK,” Folk Alley members can receive a $2 discount on their CIFF tickets good for any Festival Film (unless otherwise specified). Members can purchase tickets online at www.clevelandfilm.org, at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by phone at 877-304-FILM (3456).