The pandemic is almost over and as the doors begin to open to the an entire industry that has been shut down, we have some prayer requests to share. These could not be be more important because without the blessing of God alone, who opens every door, we simply are a shell in everything we do.
PRAY FOR PUBLISHERS
Within the publishing industry many people have lost their jobs. Reductions in staff with the largest publishers in the world have shut down acquisitions, deterred growth and even brought some to the point of total demise. Would you pray for the companies we will be trying to talk to in the coming days. Pray for our meetings with them too.
The employees are anxious to get back to work and they need for this to happen. There is a lot of fear among those in this industry who need our help.
PRAY FOR FILM DISTRIBUTION
In speaking with MGM's executive Greg Jillian Senior VP, his response when asked with the question, "When are you all going to go back to normal," was simply, "Nobody knows as the dates keep moving".
During the Pandemic Greg's particular job was busy as he has been working at home, but waiting to report in to the office, which continues to be closed in June. We need for the film companies to open back up, but we all want safety and should do everything we can to be careful. Thank you for remembering all those in the industry who are "frozen" in the paralysis.
PRAY FOR THE RIGHT PARTNER
The right finance partner is so important. If you have someone who would be interested in co-owning the story rights with our team and Billy, don't hesitate to write us at Steph.email@example.com. and we will be sure and follow up with you. Thank you for remembering these requests.
Where would any of us be with out a place to come and pray. During this season of racism, rioting and unlawful protests, choose love not war. Please remember we need to be an example of peace and righteousness to the those around us. This begins with loving "All People" just like Elvis Presley and all his brothers have taught us.
When you walk through the storm, hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark. Billy teaches these truths in NO DOUBT, NO FEAR and this franchise promises to be the first family oriented film honoring the Presley family and the Stanley family together.
Choose love, not war,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
There are many characteristics we have learned to admire when it comes to Billy Stanley. He is extremely loyal to those who are family oriented and especially those who share his belief in Jesus. The reason is simple, Billy knows God and as a direct result of the gospel, which lived in his famous step brother, Elvis Presley, his commitment to doing the right thing for the right reasons has always been so important. God became more real to him after he literally died a few years ago and was revived.
WHAT MAKES BILLY STANLEY DIFFERENT
There are many qualities which our team has come to acknowledge and we wanted to take a moment and share those for all the Elvis fans and the people who have followed this story from the beginning.
First, Billy has always honored his family, his step family and has consistently loved the people who have been integral to his growing up years. Recently, we saw on Facebook where Billy was honoring one of the family members of Elvis. He takes the higher ground every time we hear him share. He is the first one to share his own shortcomings and somebody who is as authentic as people come.
Secondly, Billy is also a growing person of faith. His faith is not stagnant, but becoming more and more alive every day. His wife Liz and their marriage has proven to be a changing and transforming love connecting Billy to the Hope Community Church. Liz Stanley is a woman of God and she is making an eternal impact on everything their family is doing.
THE PRAYERS OF LIZ STANLEY
A beautiful part of how Liz connected to the film team is because of her prayers. She believed after Rick Stanley passed away, Billy should contact Rick's lifelong friend, Dr. Kevin McAfee. Clearly, there are no accidents, or serendipity when it comes to the power of prayer and Liz knows this part better than anyone.
Prayer has been the foundation for everything Billy wanted to do from the beginning; in helping share the story of Elvis Presley and how his brothers were welcomed into the famous family. Our team can tell you he has never been motivated to capitalize on economic benefits, but to truly tell the story as he remembered what happened focusing on the gospel.
Elvis Presley read the Bible more than any other book. Recently, his Bible was taken to Washington DC and is in the Museum of the Bible. Franklin Graham shared how Elvis read the Bible, but miraculously, the Stanley brothers were in charge of carrying his Bible. They had personal conversations of faith while on tour when Elvis was on the road.
NO DOUBT NO FEAR, the biography of Billy Stanley is being put together to share with the publishing world. Jennifer Willingham, of the EPIC AGENCY will be sharing the opportunity soon. This is going to be an exciting window into the specifics of Elvis's life. Only three boys knew of how Elvis Presley really lived as a brother, and this was Billy, Rick and David Stanley.
A POWERFUL STORY OF TRUTH
From 1960 to 1977 when Elvis Presley passed away, the events only known to the Stanley boys have been recorded and Billy is going to share the entire story both in the documentary, his book and the feature film. This has been an amazing journey and the voices who know the real story are coming together in a historic fashion.
One of the other true elements of our amazing story is the home where Billy and his brothers grew up, GRACELAND. Even during the pandemic with the historic home closed to the public, Billy and Liz remember when the first family of rock and roll lived. Recently Billy said, "It is nice to see the home functioning without thousands of people, but I know Elvis would have loved to have shared his home with the world."
This is the heart of Billy and why his powerful story of truth continues. Our team is honored to be working with Billy and Liz Stanley, the Stanley family and begin sharing elements of faith which have long been forgotten.
KEEP WATCHING FOR UPDATES
We look forward to keeping you up to date every month to share even more of the process in placing Billy's new book, NO DOUBT NO FEAR, completing the documentary and working on the feature screenplay. Please be praying for the team and we will keep you updated as we move along as a team.
Dreaming the Impossible Dream,
Your Film Team
When I stopped to read the overview from last month in preparations for April 2020, I realized the unexplainable impact on what has happened to the United States and the rest of the world in 31 days. The COVID-19 sweeping across our land and every land on the globe has radically changed everything.
Yesterday Billy posted something so beautiful on his blog. With Graceland now closed, he shared his wonderful thoughts of what it was like to see his childhood home more like normal. Even though the buses have periodically stopped for now, it reminded him of how it was when he was growing up. Billy is such an encouraging person, so I encourage you to read his wonderful stories on FB and also on here.
This day I am sitting in my own home working and contemplating the enormous need for prayer. Nobody on the news talks about prayers, until there is a catastrophe. It is almost taboo for the mainstream to even recognize the need for prayer, but I am so very thankful this is our foundation.
The virus has impacted every phase of our life. It's not just the quarantine, but the economic impact of every business in America, except the goods needed for the hospitals and the normal every day products like hand sanitizer, tissue paper and rationing of food items.
Social distancing has removed the hugs and pushed families apart during times of death. My pastor since I was five who baptized me, the reverend Jimmy Hoffman had a drive by funeral, with only ten people allowed around the gravesite service. It is a complete turnover in lifestyle.
So how do we react?
As people who believe in a Holy God and who pray, we continue to do what we have always done, but with much more fervor. We dedicate more personal time to our hope in Christ and we all recognize the need for healing. Our prayer community is now important than ever.
We are praying for every one of you who reads this blog. We want you to share it with others. If they do not have a community of prayer around them, we want to invite people to join us in prayer. I believe this is what makes everything different.
In the PASSION OF THE CHRIST, my favorite line of the movie was something Jesus said which arrested my spirit. He said, "Behold, I make all things new". Isn't it amazing how only Jesus can do this. Only Christ can turn this world around. People who do not believe, will not understand what we are saying here.
Remember to be safe and stay home. Upgrade your prayer time and invest more personal time with your God. Read the scriptures and listen to worship opportunities and pod casts filled with hope. Only dedicate a portion of your time to watching the news. Be more diligent in calling your family and friends and remember to check in often. Clean your groceries and leave packages in your garage a couple days while discarding the boxes and keeping the trash outside. Wear masks in public and don't worry about the fashion statement and only leave home if you have to.
The publishers and the major motion picture studios are all temporarily down, so please pray for all of us in business at this time to intercede for each other. Pray for Billy and Liz during this time, it will truly bless their lives and also remember they are praying for you.
Join us in all in praying as we will be praying for you.
One of the most exciting ways we can help share a story is found in building a primary work and Billy Stanley's new book promises even more exciting chapters to a life lived in the first family of Rock and Roll.
With billions of people on the planet, in 1960 there were only three little boys who would be affectionately called, "Brother" and they were Billy and his two brothers. These young boys would grow up feeling a "father's love" in the person of Elvis Presley toward them.
It has been my honor to be walking on this journey together with Billy. We wanted to take a moment and share all of the accomplishments in this first year of putting this exciting film franchise into the market. These highlights represent just a few major milestones in pouring the foundation for a house to last for decades to come.
ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS - THE FILM FRANCHISE
January - Rick Stanley, lifelong friend to Dr. Kevin McAfee passes away from life into eternity joining his parents and Elvis Presley in heaven.
March - Billy and Liz Stanley met with Dr. Kevin McAfee & Lynn McAfee filmmakers to formalize a new agreement for development of a film franchise.
April - A website is launched ELVIS MY BROTHER based on the true story of Billy Stanley
May - Jim Gromer is brought into the family of filmmakers to schedule a trip to film Billy.
June - Pre-Production for Filming Billy's Testimony and Original Transcript is completed of the interview.
July - Corporate Brochure created for marketing and digital presence are beginning to circulate with potential investors.
August - Filming of Elvis Week, follow up meetings with Billy Stallings, Additional Filming of Billy and Kevin on set together at Graceland.
September - Management flies to LA to meet with the first round of major distributors for the franchise.
October - Epic Agency becomes formalized partner for the ELVIS MY BROTHER FILM FRANCHISE.
November - FinTrust Capital Advisors becomes integral to the wealth management portion of the new film franchise. Executive Producers are pitched.
December - NO DOUBT NO FEAR, the new book is proposed with a comprehensive outline presented to Billy Stanley from writer Dr. Kevin McAfee
January - Jennifer Willingham of the Epic Agency, Jag Gholson of FinTrust Capital Advisors meet to discuss fiscal strategies and planning.
February - Entire film team visits Graceland and tours Graceland with the Stanley Brothers celebrating Billy's birthday. Additional filming for the feature documentary is completed. The team attends church together at the HOPE CHURCH in Memphis.
NO DOUBT NO FEAR BOOK
There are many amazing steps along the journey which have taken place, but none could have happened without Rick Stanley and Elvis Presley watching over every step.
Billy's new book, NO DOUBT NO FEAR is now in full swing and Billy is putting together the first few chapters for this exciting book. Billy and I are working together to put an exciting book project together targeting the family and faith based audience.
Investors are continually needed to pay for the screenwriting for the narrative feature film, so make this a priority. If you would be interested in being part of making history, this is your season to contact us.
Have a Hound Dog Week,
What an amazing month at Graceland. We had countless new stories, old stories and even more as we explored Graceland with both Billy and David Stanley together. I am especially excited that we had such an entourage at Graceland celebrating the birthday of the King of Rock and Roll and Billy Stanley.
David was so gracious to fly in from Florida and begin to share his world with us during the trip to Graceland and also in the home of Billy and Liz Stanley. What a blessing he is to open up to joining this crusade in putting a lot of reality to the greatest entertainer who ever lived.
Prior to going to Graceland, we met with Billy Stallings, the Spa Guy to talk about authenticity, truth and hearing more wonderful stories of those Billy has had the good fortune to meet with regarding what happened behind the doors of Graceland.
The documentary is already in process and we are interviewing the Stanley boys to get "their world view" of the faith of Elvis Presley. What a beautiful way to focus on the most important slice of his life, that is often overlooked and missed.
Jennifer Willingham and Jag Gholson thank you for joining our film team as we traveled to Memphis, Tennessee. You all made the trip even more wonderful and Liz Stanley, your hospitality was amazing.
In talking with Liz this week, she was never told about the fact Rick Stanley and I were so close since 1980. Rick was one of the finest and most educated evangelists from Southwestern Seminary who graduated after he surrendered his entire life to the ministry. His famous book, Touch of Two Kings and the numerous times he appeared on Larry King Live and network television was legendary. Rick passed away one year ago last month.
This coming month, we will be meeting with film studios, talking with financiers and opening up our entire film slate where documentaries and feature films will be created. Oceania is excited to see a vision for Billy and David Stanley long term.
Continue to pray for our team out on the West Coast and we will keep everyone updated in real time.
God bless you all,
Hello Elvis Fans,
I want to take a moment and give a big shout out to Billy Stanley! Billy is having a birthday this week and we are celebrating in style! Last week was of course Elvis Presley's birthday and in talking to Billy Stallings the Spa Guy, it sounded amazing. They were honored for a new bike that the Elvis Presley Estate filmed them about. Wow, it is awesome to see people coming together and six million listeners and growing is HUGE. Billy Stallings, you are a blessing to all Elvis fans.
SPECIAL GUEST TO GRACELAND - BILLY LIZ & DAVID STANLEY - January 18, 2020
So in the spirit of celebrating birthday, we have a very special guest, David Stanley. He is flying in from Florida this week to have this special time celebrating with Billy! On Saturday, we will be at the Guest House at Graceland for lunch with the Stanley brothers and then, we will take another historic walk through site for the estate Elvis called home for so many years with his family.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLY!
Happy Birthday Billy! Because of you, we have the joy of working together on your new film project NO DOUBT NO FEAR, the Billy Stanley story. Also, because of you, David Stanley has come on board with your project and is working on BROKEN VESSELS, his powerful personal and emotional story. Wow, what a one-two punch for audiences and readers everywhere.
MEET OUR FILM TEAM
Jennifer Willingham, our new business partner at OCEANIA ENTERTAINMENT will be coming to Graceland with Jag Gholson from FINN CAPITAL ADVISORS to work on funding strategies and experiencing the place all of the Presley and Stanley families, called home, GRACELAND. This is an exciting time on January 18 in the afternoon, to be coming to Memphis.
We personally want to invite everybody to visit the second most visited home behind the White House, Graceland in Memphis and see for yourself what millions of fans are talking about in the most powerful representation of the life of Elvis Presley anywhere on the planet.
We look forward to being back in Memphis this weekend.
No Doubt, No Fear,
2020 is the year we will be completing the documentary film about the best selling author, Billy Stanley. Billy's story is powerful, moving and one of the most emotionally charged storied around the life of Elvis Presley. The highlights of this documentary include powerful stories from Billy and David Stanley. We will have exciting film clips from Rick during his ministry and so much more. Our audiences will be in for a real treat with some of the finest musicians in the world as a bonus.
What happened to Billy Stanley a few years ago was transforming. If you spend any time with him, his supernatural experience of when he suddenly died was amazing. Billy will share of his walk into the Halls of Heaven and you will not want to miss this story.
After Rick passed away in January, one year ago from the week of Elvis Presley's birthday, my life changed. Rick and I had become friends three years after Elvis died. He had grown into one of my closest friends and while I could not attend and participate in speaking at my brother's funeral, I was with their family in spirit.
The Stanley brothers have always been admired by our family. Their loyalty, their kindness and faith has inspired thousands across America and around the world. With Elvis being the most popular entertainer of all time, these men were behind the scenes and so very supportive of a man who treated them like blood.
Elvis didn't see any difference in using the term "step brother" and he believed once you are family, you remain family when it comes to "children". What a beautiful way to live.
We have great news in hearing from David Stanley during December and he believes Billy's story was an area he would want to get behind. Our team is honored to have Billy's youngest brother join us in this endeavor.
What is the most important part of this film, is knowing God is at the center of the entire documentary. Billy made it perfectly clear to me, "Kevin, we want to do this for God and for His glory. I don't want to focus on the negativity because this is what Elvis taught all us boys. What a great heritage we were blessed to share and this film is going to give all the glory to God."
Very few people in the entertainment industry would say something like this. I have been so moved by Kenya West and his new focus on Jesus. When you meet Billy and David Stanley, you will find a group of very strong men whose personal stories are so powerful and moving.
Please pray for the documentary, the writing of the screenplay and the financing partners as we begin to move our film slate to the forefront in 2020. The film partner is Oceania Entertainment and with our new partner Jennifer Willingham and MW Holdings, we are thrilled to be in the film production with the Stanley family.
Taking Care Of Business,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
This month, the film team will be heading to Los Angeles and meeting with film studios and professionals about our new film. Our primary purpose will be in finding the right financier families who love Elvis Presley, see the vision of what we are doing for family based entertainment and come on board.
Leading our prayer effort is Billy Stanley, the oldest step-brother of the three Elvis would bring into his home in 1960. Billy and Liz met with the GRP film team and have been helping put materials together for this journey. Lynn McAfee has been developing a comprehensive business plan and we are now heading to market.
What is amazing about this story, is that Billy Stanley has a unique perspective in that he grew up from 7 years of age when he moved into Graceland until the day Elvis died being treated as a "real brother" by the King of Rock and Roll. When Rick Stanley, the middle brother passed away in January of 2019, Billy and I connected and we have been working together to put this film into reality.
We honor what the Elvis Presley Estate is doing to continue to improve Graceland and provide an amazing experience for Elvis fans. However, what Billy has in his own unique story is a "world unto itself". You see, Billy saw the real Elvis and Graceland was his home too.
Part of the beautiful side of Elvis, was his true commitment to family and to his faith. No other film will address this issue more, than ours. If you would like to be on our prayer team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure and place you in our prayer team. We are looking for 31 prayer warriors who believe in the power of prayer and loved Elvis. Now, more than ever, we are building an army, and this begins with prayer.
Thank you for believing in us, for believing in the legacy of Elvis and for being willing to honor his faith commitment and family loyalty to the world. He was not just a rock and roll icon, but his gentle side of loving those who have gone through the pain of loss, the tragedy of divorce and the hope for those who needed hope, was paramount.
Thank you for making this a priority and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at GRP FILMS.
We love you Billy Stanley and the entire Stanley family. We love you Presley family and the entire Presley team with Christmas Blessings.
In the 17 years I spent with Elvis, he often talked about his Army days. Here's what he had to say about those days. Elvis served his country with pride, he wanted to show the world, he was just a normal guy. He could have asked for special treatment, but he didn't, that wasn't the type of person he was.
During his stint in the Army, Elvis was treated like everyone else. When, he arrived in Germany, he rented a house and brought his family over. Which any soldier could do, if they had the money. Most of the stories Elvis told me, were of the patrols he had to do. It was his duty to sit on a hill, in his jeep, and watch a Russian soldier in his vehicle. Elvis said, every time he had to report for duty, he would wave to the Russian soldier. The Russian soldier never waved back.
One time, Elvis was sitting in his jeep, it was very cold. He tried to walk around, but that didn't warm him up. Then he had an idea, he took his poncho out, he place it over himself and the jeep, then started the jeep. It didn't take long, before he warmed up. He was enjoying the warmth. The next thing he remembers, he was being shaken. A soldier was standing over him, saying. Pvt. Presley wake up! Wake up soldier! Elvis came to, he got up off the ground. The soldier asked him, what happened Pvt. Presley? Elvis told him what he had done. The soldier said, it's a good thing I came to check on you Private. You passed out from carbon monoxide poisoning. It's a miracle you're still alive, Pvt. Presley.
When I got much older sometimes our conversations would be about why he was drafted. I asked, why did they draft you, Elvis? The Army was pretty much voluntary back then. He said, I guess the government thought I was a threat to the youth of our nation. They thought if they put me away for a few years, everyone would forget about me. I laughed when he told me this. He looked at me strangely, then asked. What's so funny about this, Billy. I said, their plan didn't work, did it. Then he smiled back, and said. I guess not. It did concern him though. When he came back home, after his stint in the Army, he wasn't sure what his career was going to be like, or if he even had one. That's why the movie contracts were signed, it guaranteed him, a milliom dollars a movie, 3 movies a year, for the next 7 years.
In closing, Elvis was happy to serve his country. He was a good soldier, all of the guys in his unit and his commanding officers liked him. They even joked with him and said, if you can't make out there, you have a career waiting for you, here in the Army, Elvis.
One of the most wonderful experiences in life is talking to someone who "really knows" what Elvis was like. Think about this for a moment, when Billy was seven in 1960 and moved into Graceland, he had no agenda, no impure motive and only had missed "family".
When Vernon and Dee picked up her three little boys, they were immediately wrapped up into the arms of the Elvis. When Elvis asked, "What do we have here daddy?" Vernon said, "These are our three boys!" From that moment on, the boys were always treated as family. Elvis literally never stopped his love or his dedication toward those three boys.
Billy is one of the kindest men I have ever known. Do you know why he loves Elvis fans so much? Elvis loved his fans. He said, he would always follow the leadership of his famous brother. This is one of the hallmarks of true family too.
Close to the final days of Elvis Presley's life, Vernon and Dee were going their separate ways. Elvis called Billy, Rick and David to his bedroom and the four brothers talked about their last seventeen years together. With a grin on their face and an embrace that ended up in wrestling, they all agreed they would always be there for each other.
What is the most amazing story of the love of these brothers, was their loyalty and their faithfulness to talk about what was most important in their lives. Even though there were many stories always surrounding the fame of Elvis Presley, there was one consistent pattern, the word of God. Yes, the Bible was the most important book for all of them.
When you would meet any of the Stanley brothers through the years, you would find the kindness, loyal and God fearing characteristics of true men of faith. The gospel was an integral part of the faith of Elvis Presley.
During the past month, Billy and I began talking about the real stories of Elvis and over and over he said, "Kevin I want to make sure the fans of Elvis see the brother and man he was, because everyone has their own opinion, but we knew him as our brother".
This is the hallmark of the film we are making and we have a new group of people who are showing interest in the future of the movie. If you want to be a part of making history, you will need to communicate to our film team at www.grpfilms.com soon.
Thank you Billy for being the hallmark of truth you have been to all of us.
Love you Brother,
ELVIS PRESLEY'S BROTHER & FILMMAKER - STANLEY & MCAFEE JOIN FORCES
Billy Stanley and Dr. Kevin McAfee have joined forces to create and develop the motion picture ELVIS MY BROTHER. They are reaching out to financial and entertainment professionals through this website to join them in creating one of the most amazing films ever about the story of growing up with ELVIS PRESLEY. This is a PG rated film good for the whole family where they will share true stories of an amazing fun filled childhood, the rise of one of the greatest music icons in history selling over one billion records and how Elvis adopted three boys and gave them a beginning in life that changed them all forever. The loyalty shared by Elvis Presley and all three Stanley brothers was amazing. Their love for Lisa Marie Presley and her mother created the First Family of Rock and Roll. If you would like to learn more about how you can be involved in making this epic family film, contact us today.