Tim Sutton’s Delphian portrayal of a blues musician’s decaying spirituality takes on the seemingly mismatched guise of both documentary filmmaking, and hyper-literate, auratic cinema.
The film follows the true-to-life Chicago-born musician Willis Earl Beal, as he slowly destroys his own genius through an overwhelming, unshakable apathy. As such, Sutton’s subtly morose illustration of the oft-times despondent aspects of the creative process fittingly mirrors Beal’s own authentic artistic difficulties. This internal frustration eventually begins to permeate the physical world of Memphis, ultimately resulting in a city that steadily becomes as dilapidated as Memphis’ inhabitants.
Tim Sutton’s experimental arrangement of the “one-hit-wonder” thematically explores the guilt, grief and sadness of wasted talent; the melancholic descent to normalcy.
CAST: Willis Earl Beal, Constance Brantley, Larry Dodson
DIRECTOR: Tim Sutton
WRITER: Tim Sutton
SYNOPSIS: An enigmatic singer wanders the streets of Memphis in an effort to regain his source of inspiration.