EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has your first look at God’s Waiting Room, a romantic drama making its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 13.
Tyler Riggs’ debut feature (in which he also stars) is set in the thick heat of central Florida and follows Rosie (Nisalda Gonzalez), a musician fresh out of high school, who can’t shake her boredom. Before long, she meets a hustler from New York named Jules (Matthew Leone), falling hard for his streetwise charms and his easy confidence. On the other side of town, Brandon (Riggs) returns home after a decade in prison, but his transition to life on the outside is dogged by the scars of his past. As the summer drags on, these three characters are pushed together down a dangerous path.
In writing God’s Waiting Room, Riggs says he was thinking about the “set of circumstances” each person inherits that is completely outside of their control. The film is inspired in large part by the writer/director’s personal experiences—specifically, the “s—ty” hand” he was dealt early in life.
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“Really, to sum it all up, this film is me: It’s about who I was and who I could’ve been had I gone left instead of right on one of those fateful days,” he wrote in a statement. “It’s about young love and hopes and dreams. It’s a complicated love letter, an unflinching display of the constant war between beauty and ugliness in the Sunshine State, the place where I was born and raised; the place America goes to die.”
Riggs’ first feature, which he produced with his wife Suvi, also stars Michelle Nuñez, Ray Benitez and Renata Eastlick. The production company behind the project is Panther John.
Check out the first clip from the feature above.
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