The music of Elvis Presley will be featured in a new documentary film, “The Searcher,” directed by Thom Zimny, which will debut on HBO on April 14. The film will be preceded by the release of the film’s soundtrack, by Sony Legacy, on April 6, according to the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 7.
It has been over 40 years since the King of Rock died in 1977, but his legend lives on in his music and his fans, who will want to see this important new film.
The film’s original score was written by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. The two-part film will be a three-hour presentation focusing on Elvis’ musical journey, starting from childhood and progressing through the 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films will include photos taken in his famous home, Graceland, and will feature more than 20 new interviews with people who knew and worked with Presley. “The Searcher” will also feature photos from a private collection which have never been seen publicly before.
“Elvis Presley: The Searcher” will be a featured event at SXSW on Mar. 14. The session will include talks by John Jackson of Sony Music/Legacy Recording, Jon Landau, David Porter, Priscilla Presley, and director Thom Zimny.
The SXSW session is expected to cover a number of fascinating topics, including a discussion of interviews that were conducted for the film and insights into the conversations with Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Red West, Scotty Moore, and others. The session will also provide insight into the creation of the film’s musical score by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. They will also talk about Elvis’ creative highs and lows, and his artistic and personal struggles that preceded his death. The panel will offer insights about the influence of black and white gospel music in Tupelo, his early experience with rhythm and blues in Memphis, the impact of his service in the Army in Germany, and the influence of Sam Phillips.