September 28, 2015
The extraordinary tale of Jimmy ‘Orion’ Ellis was relatively unknown to us here at Legacy and so we’re intrigued to catch this fascinating new documentary.
We’re already fans of director Jeanie Finlay’s work (www.jeaniefinlay.com) – SOUND IT OUT and The Great Hip Hop Hoax were both two of the best music documentaries we’ve seen in recent years. Her new feature length film ORION “tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.
With an outlandish fictional identity torn from the pages of the novel Orion by Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death exploded into a cult success – and the “Elvis is alive” myth began.”
All kinds of weird and wonderful!