Anna Margaret Hollyman,
In May 1926, celebrity Pentecostal evangelist Sister Aimee Semple McPherson went missing for five weeks. When she was found alive, Sister Aimee claimed she was kidnapped from California and taken to Mexico. Authorities, though, doubted Sister Aimee’s story and launched legal action against her. Rumors began to circulate that she absconded to Mexico with her then-lover, KFSG engineer Kenneth G. Ormiston. Written and directed bySamantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann, the Austin-shot period dramedy Sister Aimee speculates as to what happened to the evangelist and faith healer. Austin’s Anna Margaret Hollyman stars as Sister Aimee, who runs off to Mexico with Ormiston (Michael Mosley) when she believes she has lost her faith healing powers. They are joined in Mexico by their guide, Rey (Andrea Suarez Paz), whose secret past life connects her to the legendarily Mexico rebel leader Pancho Villa. Sister Aimee, which premiered during last year’s SXSW Film Festival, is now available on DVD and for streaming. Anna Margaret Hollyman is an Austin-based actress who starred in Don’t Leave Home and White Reindeerand appeared in The Color Wheel, Gayby, Mr. Roosevelt, and the Bob Byington-directed comedies Somebody Up There Likes Me and 7 Chinese Brothers. She also voiced investigative journalist Dylan Andrews in the Rooster Teeth animated series Red vs. Blue. Sister Aimee also features a show-stopping musical number, “Someone Has to Answer,” performed by Anna Margaret Hollyman and Graham Reynolds Big Band. The Austin-based Graham Reynolds also composed the score for Sister Aimee. Reynolds previously composed the scores for Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, Bernie, Before Midnight, Last Flag Flying and Where'd You Go, Bernadetteas well Saturday Morning Mystery, Gretchen, I’ll Come Running, Holy Hell, 5-Time Champion, Far Marfa, Trash Dance, All is Bright, Richard Linklater: dream is destiny, The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, The Honor Farm, and the Rooster Teeth online series Day 5. Graham Reynolds also will perform his new score for classic 1920 German silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Paramount Theatre.
Aired: Jan. 16, 2020