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Directed by David Byrne

United States 1986 90 mins.

With its Talking Heads soundtrack and multiple instances where characters begin to sing, it’s easy to make the assumption that True Stories is a musical. But this quirky indie film is far more informed by the arty music video aesthetic of the 1980s than anything by Rogers and Hammerstein. Starring and directed by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Edward Lachman (Carol), and featuring memorable performances by the late Spalding Gray, Swoosie Kurtz, and, especially, John Goodman (as Louis Fyne, the “dancing bear”), the film is a series of set pieces that collectively detail the eccentric experiences of a traveling journalist visiting a Texas town far off the beaten path. “Even the ordinary moments in True Stories seem a little odd, as if the actors are trying to humor the weirdo they’re working for.”—Roger Ebert.

Preceded by:

The Roper, WA, 2013
dir. Anna Sandilands, Ewan McNicol (6 mins., Short film, Digital)
Kendrick, a young calf roper in Lafayette, Louisiana, dreams of one day making it to the Rodeo National Championship in this short documentary.

Featuring XRAY.FM DJ Tex Clark

Sponsored by Artslandia

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