Aimee McPherson drew thousands to her Hollywood Temple, healing the sick, speaking in tongues, and raising the dead. She even stopped the rain in Kansas. Until, the miracles stopped in 1926 when she mysteriously disappeared. The film poignantly addresses her search for love. She could heal the multitudes, but she could not heal her own broken heart.Written by
The scene where Emma (Etienne Eckert) hysterically tells Aimee's mother that she's missing was shot in one take by Richard Rossi with a hand-held camera because Eckert had just suffered an accident, injuring her ankle. Rossi cleaned her wounds and blood with hydrogen peroxide and suggested she put her hysteria into the scene. The bandage can be seen on her ankle. See more »
When the D.A. gives his opening statement in Sister Aimee's trial, there is a large map on the wall behind him that clearly says, "Kern County, California." Her trial took place in Los Angeles County. Richard Rossi was given free use of a courthouse in Bakersfield (Kern County) by a judge who was kindly disposed toward the project and allowed free shooting on a Saturday. See more »
I know you're going through a tough time, darling, but remember Christ, when He was walking down the Via Del LaRosa.
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I just saw at industry screening in Hollywood, and Rossi's question and answer time was as interesting and compelling as this powerful film. This film about faith was made on faith, often Rossi showed up on set trusting someone would show up with film, food or whatever he needed. In each case, people would arrive saying, "God told me to bring you food, props, film, cameras." It is the most astonishing tale of a low budget project miraculously coming together since "El Mariachi."
There's more info on this at the film's official website, www.aimeesemplemcphersonmovie.com
Rossi's honesty about his life and personal struggles was equally moving. He made this movie because he had to, and that kind of love and vulnerability is why this film is so deeply effective in creating sympathy for the lead character.
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