Indiewire has exclusively learned that Tim Sutton’s sophomore feature “Memphis” (he previously directed “Pavilion”) has sold to Vimeo and Kino Lorber. The film played at both the Venice and Sundance film festivals.
Vimeo has acquired an exclusive 30-day worldwide digital window on the film, while Kino will distribute the film theatrically stateside. The company is planning an early summer release for the film, opening in NYC with other national markets to follow. The film will be available on Vimeo On Demand following Kino’s theatrical roll-out.
“We’re so pleased to be able to bring this exceptional film to cinema audiences,” said Kino head, Richard Lorber. “It’s a seductive yet bracing film of style, intelligence and mood that is ultimately and intimately about the creative process itself.”
Here’s the synopsis per the two companies:
Starring iconoclastic musician Willis Earl Beal – who also scored the film – “Memphis” is a lyrical character study that borders on the metaphysical, charting Beal’s character’s descent towards madness as he drifts through the legendary city. Toeing the line between the real and the surreal, “Memphis” is a film steeped in music, folklore, and an abstract search for glory.