Memphis: Riveting Film about Art, Music, Vision, and Memory

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.

The film played last year in major film festivals, such as Venice and Sundance, and is now getting theatrical release.

Memphis centers on 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,

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.

His latest album Experiments in Time, was recently released by CD Baby. From inner monologues and banal details rises the soulful, evocative music that marks Beal’s return to his own unique sound and process.