How's this for a Willie's Picnic chaser: On July 6, two days after Willie Nelson's annual Fourth of July bash at Circuit of the Americas, the Red Headed Stranger will open up his home base in Luck just west of Austin for a screening of the 1986 film "Red Headed Stranger."
Kicking off a new series called Luck Cinema, the event will also feature a Q&A session with Nelson and "special guests from the film," according to a news release issued Tuesday. The site is perfect: The fictional old west town of Luck was built on Nelson's property specifically for the filming of "Red Headed Stranger."
Tickets, which are $100, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, via the Alamo Drafthouse website. Another 50 VIP tickets at $350 will be sold for a package that adds an Austin Food & Wine Alliance dinner from chef Jesse Griffiths of Austin restaurant Dai Due.
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Loosely based on Nelson's chart-topping 1975 concept album, "Red Headed Stranger" was written and directed by Bill Wittliff, who died last week of a heart attack at age 79. This will be the first-ever screening of a digital version made from the original film print that event co-producers Luck Productions and Rolling Roadshow recently located.
Also on site during the event will be memorabilia from the Wittliff Collections, the archive based at Texas State University in San Marcos founded by Bill and Sally Wittliff.
Further events in the Luck Cinema series have not yet been announced.
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