A less grasped anniversary milestone for 2013 among Elvis fans is the 60th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's June 3, 1953 Humes High School graduation, which took place at Ellis Auditorium. Humes is located at 659 North Manassas Street. The building was constructed in 1924, and was accredited on the list of National Register of Historic Places in 2004! During Elvis Week a special historic marker honoring the significances of Elvis Presley, Radio DJ George Klein and Actor/Songwriter Red West who are all members of the graduating class of 1953; was unveiled in a dedication ceremony. The historic marker ceremony was held in the original Humes High School auditorium which appreciatively remains substantially unchanged.
Casting auditions for an upcoming short-film about Elvis' senior year at Humes High School were also conducted during Elvis Week 2013. The upcoming short-film is titled "Nobody" and the screenplay was written by Chicago, Illinois Filmmaker, William "Bill" Bryan of Sideburned Cinema. Bill, has been a devoted Elvis fan since a very young age and first made the trip to Graceland with his Dad in 2003. He is not alone in the film process of "Nobody". The Co-Producer, Tom Radovich is along for the exciting journey! "Nobody" will be filmed and produced utilizing professional camera equipment, with parts of the film filmed on location at Humes High School.
"Nobody" chronicles the story of Elvis Presley, before he achieved world-wild stardom and became recognized as the international superstar, Elvis Presley. At Humes High School in the year of 1953, Elvis was 18 years old and he was considered to be a bit of a loner. Elvis was not an Athlete, he wore flashy clothing & he carried around a guitar, and he truly liked music class. After accomplishing super-stardom, Elvis was known as a sex symbol; but at Humes High School the girls didn't really want to date him! "Nobody" will feature a detailed account of the 1953 Humes High School talent show which occurred April 9, 1953. Elvis reluctantly entered the talent show after being swayed by those who grasped his enchantment of music. As fate would have it the audience loved Elvis at the talent show, and he captured first place at the 1953 Humes High School talent show! "Nobody" also highlights the very vital and unbreakable Mother and Son relationship between Elvis and his Mother Gladys Presley. While at Humes Elvis connected with his homeroom teacher a stern woman, by the name of Miss Mildred Scrivener, who was a well respected authority figure at Humes High School.
Filmmaker, William "Bill" Bryan of Sideburned Cinema started writing the screenplay to "Nobody" during October 2012 for his senior thesis. He is a film graduate of Columbia University located in Chicago, Illinois. William, is yearning to produce the short-film "Nobody" which is based on Elvis' senior year at Humes High School. His aspiration is to produce the film "Nobody", the first of its kind in a accurate and honorable manor, all while preserving Elvis' legacy. "Nobody" will detail Elvis' personal relationships, and will also highlight the class of 1953 Humes talent show. The Humes talent show was positively an influential part of Elvis' personal growth discovery and acceptance among his peers! The auditorium where the talent show was held at Humes has not changed much in the 60 years since Elvis graduated. Filming for "Nobody" will substantially take place on location at the former Humes High School building, with the talent show being filmed in the auditorium. The historic building is now known as Humes Preparatory Academy.
Auditions for "Nobody" were conducted at The Courtyard Marriott, and the auditions occurred over the course of three days in a conference room. The auditions were to cast the characters of "Nobody" to find an 18 year old Elvis Presley, Elvis' Mother Gladys Presley, and Elvis' homeroom teacher Miss Mildred Scrivener. Preceding the Elvis Week 2013 auditions, world renowned Elvis Tribute Artist Ted Torres of Florida was selected to contribute the vocals of Elvis for "Nobody" and possibly provided his vocals for the films soundtrack.
Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville fan club, President Caroline Pratt had the awesome experince of interviewing William Bryan during Elvis Week. Caroline, also had the honor of observing a bit of the "Nobody" castings audition process! Dressed in a suit and armed with audacity William Bryan is professional, precised and dedicated. He kindly sat down with Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville, President Caroline Pratt one morning for a video interview which is shared above the start of the article. Auditions were filmed by camera man Carey Rayburn of Outlaw Films, who is known for his upcoming Elvis fan documentary "816" which will tell of the impact Elvis' passing had on the world. Bill was assisted throughout the auditions by assistant, Anna McDonald who gave support and insight. Caroline Pratt, was present for the auditions of two young men who audition for the part of Elvis, and for a woman who audition for the part of Miss Mildred Scrivener.
Developing a short-film might sound like an easy process but that is not the case in the financial sector! A financial campaign was established via the website "kick starter", and word rapidly spread around to the diligent Elvis fan community. Fans of Elvis Presley across the globe showed grand fascination in Elvis' life at Humes, and hoped the dream of William Bryan's "Nobody" screenplay would become a reality. Due to the generosity of Elvis fan's Bill's short Elvis film will soon become a reality! Elvis was regularly quoted to have said: "he had the very best fans in the entire world", and Elvis was certainly correct regarding that fact about his forever fanbase of admiring fans. Elvis fans are known to endlessly go above and beyond when help is sought. "Nobody" will definitely be a well received and beloved Elvis film!
The corporate management of Elvis' estate, Elvis Presley Enterprises, and CEO Jack Soden have been extremely supportive of William "Bill" Bryan and "Nobody." During Elvis Week 2013 Bill was extended a table at several Elvis events to advertise "Nobody", and he spoke at the annual Elvis fan club President event organized by the fan relations department at Elvis' Graceland. Bill also discussed "Nobody" on Sirius/XM's Elvis Radio which is broadcast live from Graceland and reaches to an audience throughout the United States! In addition to attention at Graceland, Bill also received local Memphis media exposure at Elvis Week. He was interviewed by Shelley Orman of ACB 24 News! The video interview conducted by ABC 24's Shelley Orman and can be watched on the website of ABC 24.
Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville fan club supports "Nobody" and we are here for William Bryan 100%. We are looking forward to the official announcement regarding the cast, and we will be thrilled to watch the ultimate final film result of "Nobody!" With the dedication, and confidence possessed by William Bryan "Nobody" will be a wonderful short-film!
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