In August, 1956, Elvis Presley started shooting his first feature film, Love Me Tender. At his side was his manager, Colonel Tom Parker and his just-hired secretary, Trude Forsher.
Give Elvis for Christmas is Trude's account of how Elvis' career went from a Southern United States singing sensation to a global legend. Over the five years that Trude worked with Elvis and the Colonel, she observed first hand the legendary moment's in the King's life. The title comes from the stamp that Colonel Parker used on all mailings leaving the office during Christmas time.
Trude Forsher with Elvis. 1956 Give Elvis for Christmas is also told through the eyes of Byron Raphael, personal assistant to both Trude, Elvis and the Colonel. The film includes music and images that have rarely -if ever-been seen. It is not only the story of Elvis' rise to fame, but of one of his most personal confidants, who escaped the ravages of WW2 to get the job a million girls dreamed of - Elvis' private secretary.
During the 1980's and 1990's, I interviewed my mom on several occasions. Each time she shared different stories about Elvis, the Colonel, the songs and the films during her years with the Presley organization. A few years back, I began to assemble the material into a documentary.
The title comes from the stamp that Colonel Parker used on all mailings leaving the office during Christmas time. It also reflects a special period in our family life in December 1958, when Elvis and the Colonel personally helped our family during a time of crisis.
The producer with his mother and Colonel Tom Parker, 1958 I have added a number of special premiums to help raise the finishing funds for the film. For fuller descriptions of the items, please visit www.giveelvis.com.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter "Give Elvis for Christmas" is a documentary 30 years in the making. I began interviewing my mom about her Elvis years back in the early 1980's. I began to acquire footage and develop the storyline back in the early 2000's. It has been a slow process but we are finally at the finish line.
What is needed to finish the project are funds for licensing footage, shooting some contemporary material appropriate to the story and spending a lot of time in the edit bay. The goal is to create a film that is both entertaining and tells a story never before heard about the early years of the Elvis legend.
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source: James Forsher