From director Tim Sutton and producer John Baker comes the feature film “Memphis” – a film that world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was later picked up by Kino Lorber, and is now set to open tomorrow, Friday 9/5, at the IFC Center, in New York, and on 9/12 in Los Angeles, at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas.
A national rollout will follow.
For those in NYC, there’ll be a special sneak preview of the film at 9:30pm tonight, at the IFC Center. Click here for ticket info.
The film, immersed in ethereal folklore and soul music, follows the transformation of Ezra Jack from beloved soul singer to “ecstatic contemplator,” providing a look at a man who achieves obscurity in the hope of finding salvation and rebirth.
A longer description:
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 wolfpack 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.
The cast includes Chicago artist and musician Willis Earl Beal (in the poster above) Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, and Larry Dodson.
A brand new clip from the film has been released, ahead of its theatrical debut tomorrow, courtesy of Kino Lober. The clip is embedded below, followed by the trailer for the film, in case you haven’t seen itwhich is embedded below. Above is the release poster: