The great Texas songwriter Guy Clark was no stranger to Dallas. He was a frequent presence at Poor David’s Pub, at its Greenville Avenue location and its current home in the Cedars. So, it’s more than fitting that the memorable film that celebrates his life, Without Getting Killed or Caught, will be seen on movie screens in North Texas.
Tamara Saviano wrote a book with the same title and she and her husband Paul Whitfield have created a movie version that is truly mesmerizing. Without Getting Killed or Caught is far more, however, than a Guy Clark biopic. It’s a riveting psychological and musical journey of a triangle of love, pain and exhilarating creativity — between Clark, his wife Susanna Clark, and the man they both loved, Fort Worth native Townes Van Zandt. To top it all off, Saviano got ahold of Susanna’s one-of-a-kind journal entries, which are read in the film by Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek, who grew up in Quitman, not far from the East Texas town of Atlanta where Susanna hailed from.
The film opens on Friday, July 30, at the Angelika cinemas in Dallas and Plano. There will be a Q&A after the 7 p.m. showing on Friday, July 30 at the Angelika at Mockingbird Station and another one at 7 p.m. July 31, at the Angelika Plano in The Shops at Legacy. The latter will be moderated by yours truly, Dallas Morning News arts writer Michael Granberry.