In MEMPHIS, a strange singer with ‘god given talent’ drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolf pack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-come-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory. A maverick artist with an idiosyncratic but rigorous vision for his music, performances, writing, and drawings, Willis Earl Beal’s evocative voice touches the outer edge of folk, soul, gospel, and R & B. In his words and gestures, Beal strives to follow in the footsteps of curious, adventuresome storytellers like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and David Lynch, artists whose peculiar view of things renders even the most ordinary aspects of life strange and unnervingly emotional. Director Tim Sutton joins us for a conversation on the getting inside the mind and heart of this iconoclastic artist.
Q & A with Director Tim Sutton at Sundance Selects Theatre, Los Angeles this weekend!!
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“It’s a marvel, a vision to feel and contemplate. A filmmaker of supreme talent and confidence.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice / LA Weekly
“An ethereal, mesmerizing film.” – Davy Rothbart, GQ
“AUDACIOUS. My favorite film at this year’s Sundance. I cannot prepare you for the intense experience you will have when watching this visionary film.” – Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“With his loamy mosaic of drifting moods and troubled memories, Sutton offers a pictorial translation of the blues, a vision of an American classicism sheltered by the urban landscape’s mystical embrace.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Venice Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and Bamcinemafest