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Directed by Jeanie Finlay

United Kingdom 2015 89 mins.

As a teenager in 1960s Alabama, Jimmy Ellis’ wonderful singing voice was unlike any other… except, that is, for one Elvis Presley. Hampered by his over-resemblance to the King, Jimmy’s own singing career floundered. Then, in 1979, he found fame as a masked singer called “Orion,” a persona deliberately evolved to create intrigue in the wake of Presley’s untimely death. Over the next years he played to legions of grieving Elvis fans and developed his own fanatical fan base, many of whom remained in willful denial about the true identity of their masked idol. With his contract stipulating that he never remove his disguise in public, Ellis’ success came at a high price for a singer still hoping to succeed on his own terms. Finlay’s nuanced portrait of Ellis serves as a riveting cautionary tale of the music industry, and a memorable exploration of fame and identity.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.