MINNEAPOLIS - Fresh from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, renown for celebrating groundbreaking new voices in independent film making, the Walker Art Center is hosting a variety of screenings and guests over the first two weekends in May showcasing this year's festival highlights. This weekend the Walker Cinema is screening Memphis and War Story:
In Memphis (Friday, May 9 at 7:30 pm), mysticism envelops a talented singer who wanders through the city, making music as he encounters a preacher, a hustler, a beautiful woman, and a pack of kids. Avoiding the recording studio, he studies the difference between a life of happiness and one of destruction, all set to a blues soundtrack. Willis Earl Beal plays the moody musician in a film described as an "eccentric, dreamlike pic" (Variety). 2013, DCP, 79 minutes. Producer John Baker will be present at the Walker for the screening.
In War Story (Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm), a seasoned war photographer (Catherine Keener) flees to Sicily to deal with her trauma after a brutal and tortuous assignment in Libya. There, she meets a woman she is convinced she has met before. The story (Kristin Gore's first screenwriting credit) explores the interior worlds of reality and memory as she finds a way to understand her experience. 2014, DCP, 90 minutes.
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