This week is a big one for our local hero Willie Nelson as he performs at his Outlaw Music Festival in Dallas, then throws his famous annual July 4th Picnic concert in Austin, then heads to his Luck Ranch in Spicewood, TX to launch the new Luck Cinema on July 6th.
Luck Cinema kicks off with a screening of the Red Headed Stranger held on the original film set, featuring an in-person Q&A with the movie’s star, Willie Nelson and special guests from the film. Nearly 20 years after its last official screening, Luck Productions and Rolling Roadshow found the original tape of the iconic movie, bringing in American Genre Film Archive to digitize the Red Headed Stranger for the film’s first showing in digital form.
(photo courtesy of Luck Reunion)
This first Luck Cinema event gives fans a chance to experience Nelson’s ranch firsthand. This is a generous undertaking as the Luck Reunion only allows a couple thousand tickets to be sold and it’s one of the hottest events around.
In case you have been under a rock in recent years, Luck is Willie’s ranch in Spicewood that is home to his family and over 75 horses (many of them rescues). Each year Nelson hosts special events and his annual coveted Luck Reunion with a killer line-up of veteran and rising stars. The setting is the actual remaining set from the Red Headed Stranger so it all ties in and makes sense. There’s a main house-world headquarters, a saloon, a whiskery, a leathery, a weed store (of course), and a tiny chapel that hosts intimate sets by the likes of Nathaniel Rateliff. See tons of our Luck Reunion photos.
(Photo Courtesy of Luck Reunion)
Based on Nelson’s 1975 concept album of the same name, Red Headed Stranger the film tells the story of a scorned preacher seeking revenge on his wife and the man she left him for. When Robert Redford shot the film down, Wittliff and Nelson set out to fund the film on their own casting Willie as the Red Headed Stranger and employing friends and family to make the film happen.
The screening will be hosted on the iconic original film set & feature an in-person Q&A with Nelson+ special guests from the film afterwards. Expect some fun untold stories about the making of the film and some surprise guests.
Prior to the screening, Austin Food & Wine Alliance will host an intimate, 50-person dinner prepared by award-winning chef Jesse Griffiths of Austin’s celebrated Dai Due restaurant (recipient of the 2018 Austin Food & Wine grant).
Fans will have a special treat viewing tons of exclusive memorabilia provided by the Wittliff Collections providing a deeper understanding of the unique history of the film, the characters and the origins of Willie’s Luck ranch.
DOORS at 6pm, dinner service to begin at 6:15pm.
DOORS at 7:30pm, Q&A and movie will begin around sunset.Location:
Willie Nelson’s Luck Texas Ranch
1100 Bee Creek Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669
Tickets can be purchased for the film and dinner here.