New York-based indie film producer-distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to Eugene Jarecki’s Sundance-bound feature-length documentary The King.
Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, the 107-minute music-focused film takes Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America – from Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond – to trace the rise and fall of The King as a metaphor for the current state of Donald Trump’s USA.
Joining the country-spanning journey are Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers and Dan Rather, among others.
A copro with ITVS, The King will premiere on the PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ as part of its forthcoming season.
The film is produced in association with NDR/BR/Backup, with Christopher St. John and David Kuhn listed as producers.
The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
An early version of the film premiered as an Official Selection at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
The King will screen as part of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. MT at the MARC Theatre in Park City, Utah.
“This is a time for real soul-searching in America. We’ve got to change the national conversation from the noise of the Trump news cycle to something deeper about who we are,” said Jarecki in a statement. “For this, the film needs an innovative, athletic, and breakout release.”
“Jarecki has masterfully crafted the most far-reaching look at the current state of the nation and how we got here,” added Oscilloscope president Dan Berger. “It’s equal parts music film and road movie, biopic and investigative journalism. We could not be more passionate to bring Eugene’s inspiring vision to a country that needs it.”