Lover, Beloved

Michael Tully, USA 2022, 78’
international premiere
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

This a unique complement to the theatrical and musical project of American singer Suzanne Vega about the life and work of Carson McCullers, author of the novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. It is also a tribute to women who reject limitations set.

Michael Tully’s film Lover, Beloved is a meta endeavor. Essentially, it is an attempt to artistically interpret songwriter Suzanne Vega’s preexisting artistic interpretation of two talks given by renowned 1940s southern novelist Carson McCullers. Originally, this work was performed as a live play by Vega and an album Lover, Beloved: Songs From an Evening with Carson McCullers. Vega now plays McCullers in this film adaptation. Using a speech given at the height of McCullers’s fame in her early twenties and a talk given near the end of her life in the late 1960s as a launching point to bring forth the most interesting chapters of Carson McCullers’s vibrant life in a collection of songs, stories, and monologues.

SXSW 2022 ‘Lover, Beloved’ Review: An Experimental Portrait of an Artist and Her Art (

Magdalena Maksimiuk

Michael Tully

Filmmaker involved in cinema in many ways. He is the editor of  Hammer to Nail a web page about movies, works as a DOP (Mary Bronstein’s Yeast) and actor (Ry Russo-Young’s You Won’t Miss Me, Aaron Katz’s Quiet City). His directorial debut is the drama Cocaine Angel, which rocketed him to „Filmmaker” magazine’s annual list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His other films include the absurd comedy-drama Septien and the documentary Silver Jew. Pingpong Summer won the Audience Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, and the film was also screened at Sundance and the American Film Festival, 2018.


2006 Cocaine Angel

2007 Silver Jew (doc.)

2011 Septien

2014 Pingpongowe lato / Ping Pong Summer

2018 Don’t Leave Home

2022 Lover, Beloved

Cast & Crew

director Michael Tully
screenplay Suzanne Vega
cinematography Amy Bench
editing Michael Carter
music Suzanne Vega
cast Suzanne Vega
producer Alan Berg, Louis Black, Rachael Trigg
production Arts+Labor, Louis Black Productions
sales Arts+Labor
language English
coloration colour
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