Directed by Palmer Holton

Elvis Presley was many things in America from rock and roll god to film star to cultural icon, but one thing most people didn't know about The King was how much he loved the game of racquetball and what lengths he went to keep it popular. Watch Video

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When the King Held Court

Film Summary

The name Elvis Presley evokes a lot of memories: the music, the hips, the hair, the screaming fans. But one thing about The King that few commoners saw was his passion for racquetball. In this 30 For 30 Short laced with animation and interviews, viewers will learn why the entertainer got involved in the sport, how he almost rescued it with a chain of Presley's Center Courts and what the elaborate court he had built at Graceland looked like. The King died on August 16, 1977, but he probably died happy. He had been playing racquetball that morning.

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Palmer Holton

Palmer Holton is a screenwriter and filmmaker from North Carolina. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University. He has made documentaries about polar bears, LSD researchers, and small town funeral home directors. His screenwriting has been awarded and recognized by numerous contests, including the Bluecat Screenplay Competition, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship, and the Austin Film Festival.


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