Tim Sutton’s film “Memphis,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January
of this year, is a unique film immersed in ethereal folklore and soul
music, and 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.
With a cast
that includes Chicago artist and musician Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas,
Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, and Larry Dodson, the film,
as Tambay wrote about it back in August, deals with “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.”
Now, after a limited theatrical run this summer, Kino
Lober will be releasing “Memphis” on
Blu-ray DVD on January 13th.
In addition, the
DVD will include a bunch of special features, including a booklet Essay by Robert
Gordon, deleted scenes, an on-set Interview
with Willis Earl Beal, a podcast Interview with director Tim Sutton, and Teenie
and Charles Hodges of the Hi Rhythm Section in session.
Here’s the trailer: