Directed by Michael Tully, the AFS Cinema-shot Lover, Beloved is a filmed version of singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega’s 2018 one-woman stage production about the life, loves, and literary career of Carson McCullers. Vega stars as the novelist at two stages of her life: as a young woman in 1942 reflecting on the success of her acclaimed debut “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” while considering the tepid critical response to her follow-up novel, “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” and at age 50 in the months before her 1967 death. Lover, Beloved also features songs Vega co-wrote with Duncan Sheik and found on the album “Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers.” Lover, Beloved screens during this year’s SXSW Film Festival at 12 p.m. March 14 at the Rollins Theatre at The Long Center, 9 p.m. March 16 at the AFS Cinema, and 12:30 p.m. March 17 at the Paramount Theatre. It will also be available for online viewing for 48 hours beginning at 9 a.m. March 15. The Austin-based Michael Tully previously directed Don’t Leave Home, Ping Pong Summer, Septien, Superego, Silver Jew, and Cocaine Angel.
Aired: Feb. 24, 2022.