The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is hosting a special filmmaker screening of a new HBO docs-series called, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” and thanks to RIFF festival director–and Wilton resident–Megan Smith-Harris, some lucky GOOD Morning Wilton readers can receive free tickets to the screening at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Thom Zimny, the Grammy and Emmy award-winning director of the “Elvis” series, will present select clips during RIFF’s special screening on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse (80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield). The series features rare footage and never-before-seen photos of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. Smith-Harris will moderate a Q&A after the presentation.

“I always appreciated the music of Elvis Presley but I had no concept of his extraordinary originality, innovation, and musicianship until I watched this seminal documentary by Thom Zimny,” Smith-Harris says. “People may think they ‘know’ Elvis, but they may be surprised. Priscilla Presley gave the filmmaker unprecedented access to the archives at Graceland and the result is astonishing.”

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General admission tickets cost $15, but Smith-Harris has offered 10 free tickets to GMW readers. Interested readers can email her directly. Otherwise, tickets are available for purchase online.  Students 18 and under are admitted free.

The RIFF sponsored evening is the latest in a series of screening events leading up to the annual four-day film festival being held Oct. 18-21 and featuring more than 50 films from around the world, as well as parties, panel discussions, and fun activities around Ridgefield.

RIFF operates as 501(c)(3) non-profit entity of the TownVibe Charity Fund supporting arts and culture in Ridgefield. All donations are tax-deductible.