TRUE STORIES

David Byrne presents True Stories

Tuesday, December 4

In Person Events

  • Tue Dec 4: 

    Director David Byrne in-person for Q&A after the 7:00 screening!

Director David Byrne in-person for Q&A after the screening! World Premiere of new 4K restoration!

Tue Dec 4 at 7:00pm
Tickets available here!

Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make this sole foray into feature film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. Byrne plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In TRUE STORIES, Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show-all in the service of uncovering the rich mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience.

This new 4K restoration was supervised by director David Byrne and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with a 5.1 surround DTS-HD soundtrack supervised by Byrne.

A Warner Bros. release. This screening is presented by the Criterion Collection and Nonesuch Records.

 

Country: USA
Year: 1986
Running Time: 89 minutes
Director: David Byrne
Writer: Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley, David Byrne
Editor: Caroline Biggerstaff
Cinematographer: Ed Lachman
Cast: David Byrne, John Goodman, Annie McEnroe, Jo Harvey Allen, Spalding Gray