FOR EDUCATIONAL / PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY
MFA THESIS EXHIBIT RYERSON UNIVERSITY, 2010
Eternity Rolls is a character-driven documentary about the Reverend Dorian Baxter (aka Elvis Priestly) and the faithful congregation of his Elvis-themed Independent Anglican Church, Christ the King, Graceland. Shot in an observational style, Eternity Rolls follows Baxter from his home in Newmarket, Ontario to the gates of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Besides telling the personal story of Baxter's struggles to realize his own church, Eternity Rolls also examines our cultural obsession with Elvis Presley, the quest for the sacred in everyday life, and how performance and celebrity affect the sanctity and traditions of religion.
Copyright 2010 Sue Johnson
This project was made as part of Ryerson University's Documentary Media MFA program. Use is intended as educational.
Sue Johnson began making films while earning her BA in English Literature at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Besides working collaboratively on projects ranging from experimental shorts to music videos and documentaries, she has spent time behind the microphone as a radio host and free- lance journalist. She has screened her work at various venues and festivals including the Atlantic Film Festival, Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s Newfoundland, and the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently living in Toronto, and has recently completed her MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University.