Waiting: The Van Duren Story
Following the documentary’s premiere at the Memphis Film Festival in November, and screenings at the Grammy Museum (LA) and Sound Screen (London) this March, Waiting: The Van Duren Story will make its Australian big screen debut his April. To coincide with the screenings, Memphis legend Van Duren has announced his first ever shows outside of the US in Melbourne, Sydney and Katoomba, in addition to festival performances at Boogie, The Gum Ball and Bendigo Autumn Music Festivals.
Managed by Andrew Loog Oldman (The Rolling Stones) in the 1970’s, Van Duren was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney but instead faded into obscurity. Forty years later, Australians Greg Carey (Manager of The Rubens, Urthboy) and musician Wade Jackson stumbled across the mysterious musician’s lost album and set out to discover what went wrong. They tracked Van Duren down on Facebook and despite having never picked up a camera before, journeyed through North America to meet him, crossing paths with rockstars, Scientologists, con men and a host of talented musicians who never quite made it.
Featuring Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones), Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mickey Curry (Hall & Oates, Bryan Adams, The Cult), Hilly Michaels (Sparx, Dan Hartman), Jon Tiven (Wilson Pickett, Don Covay), Waiting: The Van Duren Story premiere in Australia at the Gold Coast Film Festival on April 8, followed by run of screenings in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Central Coast, The Gum Ball Festival and Bendigo Autumn Music Festival, each with a Q&A with Duren and the filmmakers.