It’s not every filmmaker who gets to spend quality time with Willie Nelson.
Director Lian Lunson did just that while shooting the 1997 TV documentary “Willie Nelson: Down Home.” Only Lunson couldn’t get Nelson out of her mind.
It’s a common refrain. Few singers are as entrenched in music lore as the 80-something crooner.
This was different.
Lunson had spent time on Nelson’s Spicewood, Texas ranch during the documentary shoot. She couldn’t shake the notion it would be a prime backdrop for a feature film. She refused to let go of that thought, a creative stubbornness which finally bore fruit.
“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” stars Sophie Lowe as a young woman who meets a pair of former show business pros (Nelson, Charlotte Rampling). The aged couple could use a hand, what with the bank threatening to snatch their ranch out from under them.
The bond between the woman and the couple sparks a magical tale of memories old and new. It also connects to something else, a spiritual component which the writer/director embraces on and off screen.
Lunson opens up about shooting the film on Nelson’s ranch, shares how U2’s Bono and director Wim Wenders lent a hand and what unites some of the very best artists alive in the newest HiT ‘cast.