New Guy Clark Documentary Gets Theatrical Release
Guy Clark with his wife Susanna, and Jerry Jeff Walker with his wife Susan.
Tamara Saviano with Guy Clark
Tamara Saviano has been living and breathing Guy Clark for about 20 years – as a friend, publicist, author and now filmmaker. Her 2016 Guy Clark biography Without Getting Killed Or Caught came out just weeks before the legendary songwriter’s passing – and had his blessing. Amongst Guy’s standards are “Desperadoes Waiting For A Train”…”Homegrown Tomatoes”…”Randall Knife”…”L.A. Freeway”…”She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” and countless others, and he has been covered by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle, Jimmy Buffett, Kathy Mattea, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.
Over the past few years, Saviano’s book morphed into a screenplay that examines the life of Guy’s late wife Susanna and her relationship with Townes Van Zandt as much as Clark’s own.
Slated to premiere at SXSW 2020 and then postponed, the film was actually first screened virtually for SXSW 2021 and is now getting its theatrical debut at AFS Cinema
through August 5. Simultaneously it is being shown in various U.S. cities, some featuring a Q&A with Saviano’s co-producer and director, her husband Paul Whitfield. You can hear the full story of the book and film in this interview with Tamara Saviano below (conducted on KUTX by Jody Denberg, July 23, 2021).
The Grammy-winning Guy Clark was a Texan who spent most of his life in Nashville. But he never lost his fondness for our city: As he sang in his classic “Dublin Blues” –
“I wished I was in Austin/At the Chili Parlor Bar/Drinking Mad Dog Margaritas/And not caring where you are”.