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VENICE BIENNALE PRESENTS // Memphis w/ Yawa Performance

Opens on February 10

Run Time: 84 min.

Doors Open 4 p.m., Event Starts 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
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Set in the titular city, real-life musician Willis Earl Beal gives a jaw-dropping, magnetic performance as a flailing musician in Tim Sutton’s digressive, daringly experimental film. Prior to the film, Memphis-born Yawa will perform her one-woman musical set, building vocal and instrumental loops from kalimba, synthesizer, drum machine, & guitar to create atmospheric textures.

2013. Directed by Tim Sutton. Runtime: 75 minutes.
A strange singer with God-given talent drifts through his adopted city of Memphis with its canopy of ancient oak trees, streets of shattered windows, and aura of burning spirituality. Surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolf pack of kids, the sweet, yet unstable, performer avoids the recording studio, driven by his own form of self-discovery. His journey quickly drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension.


Yawa is a songwriter and producer from Memphis, TN. Currently based in Portland, OR. She creates vocal and instrumental loops composed of synth, drum machine, and kalimba creating atmospheric textures and polyrythms. Previously, known as Amenta Abioto, Yawa’s work ranges from free jazz to hip-hop. Her genre bending sound moves alongslide her avante garde forms of lyricism about freedom and transformation.


Venice Biennale College Cinema Program
Venice Biennale’s College Cinema Program has launched the careers of some of the best and brightest cinematic risk takers from all over the world. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of this incredible program, we welcome Biennale College Cinema Program heads Savina Neirotti & Jane Williams who will be there to introduce each screening, selecting three films from the program that were wildly influential and ahead of their time to be featured alongside Portland-based artists and performers each putting their unique spin on the work!


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