Award-winning Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson will premiere her new film Waiting for the Miracle to Come, a faith allegory starring Charlotte Ramping, for the first time in Nashville on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theatre.
Presented by the Department of Cinematic Arts, housed in the George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts, the screening will also feature a talkback by Lunson, which is free and open to the public, once the film concludes.
Featuring Oscar-nominated actress Rampling, country music legend Willie Nelson and Sophie Lowe, Waiting for the Miracle to Come follows an aspiring trapeze artist who discovers a cryptic letter from her recently deceased father directing her to go to a gold mine in a remote California desert. Upon arriving in a mysterious town, she finds herself at the gates of "The Beautiful Place," a house occupied by retired vaudeville stars Jimmy and Dixie Riggs. As she gets to know the eccentric couple, she discovers the letter was directing her to a reward far more valuable than gold.
During her visit, Lunson will also meet with Lipscomb’s film students to talk about her experiences throughout her career in the film industry.
“This is an important opportunity for our students as Lian is our first female writer/director to have her feature film screened at Lipscomb,” said Steve Taylor, filmmaker-in-residence at Lipscomb. “Since we want our film students to be entrepreneurs, it will be especially valuable to hear Lian’s perspective on how she was able to pull together the $1 million budget needed to finance her debut narrative feature film and include two recognizable stars in the cast.”
Taylor, who has had a longtime friendship with the film’s producers, says he has followed this film’s progress since before it went into production and is looking forward to sharing such a quality piece of work with his students as well as the greater Nashville community.
“The film’s executive producers include Bono and Wim Wenders, so it’s got a solid pedigree,” said Taylor. “Lian Lunson’s previous work includes the award-winning documentary ‘Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.’ The title of this movie actually comes from a Leonard Cohen song—'Waiting For The Miracle To Come'—and it’s a beautifully filmed allegory with faith-infused themes and iconic performances by Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling, who scored her first Oscar nomination last year for her role in 45 Years.”
Lunson is an award-winning Australian filmmaker based in LA. With a keen eye and ear for the relationship between film and music, Lunson has produced documentaries about Cohen, Kate McGarrigle and Willie Nelson. She is the 2006 recipient of the Dorothy Arzner Director's Award by Women in Film. Her feature film debut, Waiting for the Miracle to Come, was completed in 2016.
Lipscomb University’s George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts is one of the fastest growing college in the university, with undergraduate degrees in animation, cinematic arts, fashion and design, contemporary and classical music, theater and dance, and visual arts. Graduate programs include Master of Arts degrees in film and creative media, Master of Fine Arts degrees in film and creative media with writer and director tracks and a Master of Fine Arts/Master of Business Administration blended degree.