A Brooklyn filmmaker’s new project titled “Memphis” is set to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival according to the Memphis Shelby County Film Commission. That’s happening January 16-26. Many films, directors, and actors have become very well-known as a result of a screening at the prestigious event.
Tim Sutton is the director and the film stars Willis Earl Beal. Local filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox is credited as an associate producer. The rest of the cast is made up of real Memphians, many of whom aren’t professional actors. One website described the character as, “surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold-hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolfpack of kids” and ”working less on his music and more on the state of his soul.”
In the past, Sundance has always been a home run for Memphis. Ira Sachs’ “Forty Shades of Blue”won the Grand Jury Award, while Craig Brewer’s “Hustle & Flow” earned the Audience Award, and a major distribution deal from Paramount; Brewer’s association with the studio continues to this day.
Watch the trailer for “Memphis” below.