Memphis (film)

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Film poster
Directed byTim Sutton
Screenplay byTim Sutton
Produced byJohn Baker
StarringWillis Earl Beal
Constance Brantley
Larry Dodson
Lainie Kazan
Curtis Armstrong
CinematographyChris Dapkins
Edited bySeth Bomse
Music byWillis Earl Beal
Distributed byKino Lorber
Sony Pictures Classic
Release date
  • August 21, 2013 (2013-08-21) (Venice)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

Memphis is a 2013 musical drama film, directed by Tim Sutton.[1][2] The film stars Willis Earl Beal in the lead role of talented singer.[3]

The film had its premiere at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2013.[4] The film was also awarded the cinema funding grant by Venice Biennale College.[5]

The film later screened at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014.[6][5] Vimeo acquired the exclusive 30-day worldwide digital window on the film, while Kino Lorber will theatrically release the film.[7]


A singer drifts through Memphis city on a journey of self-discovery.



Memphis received mostly positive reviews from critics. Justin Lowe in his review for The Hollywood Reporter called it "A film of quiet intensity and poetic imagery."[8] Rob Nelson of Variety, praised the film by saying that "(it) is a digressive, daringly experimental study of a flailing musician, magnetically played by accomplished bluesman and poet Willis Earl Beal."[9]

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  1. ^ "Tim Sutton: Director of MEMPHIS". Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Willis Earl Beal Almost Plays Himself in the Listless 'Memphis'". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Willis Earl Beal Talks About Nearly Sabotaging His Film Debut". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "Trailer Watch: Tim Sutton's Memphis". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Sundance Exclusive: Teaser for Tim Sutton's Award-Winning NEXT Entry 'Memphis'". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Sundance 2014: The Next <=> Lineup". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Tim Sutton's 'Memphis' Sells to Kino Lorber and Vimeo". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Memphis: Sundance Review". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Film Review: 'Memphis'". Retrieved May 29, 2014.

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